|China Aid President Bob Fu, left, and Vice
President Kody Kness, right, met with
Congressman Trent Franks, R-Ariz.
(Photo: China Aid)
By Rachel Ritchie
(Washington, D.C.–Feb. 9, 2015) China Aid hosted a delegation of Chinese and Taiwanese human rights and religious freedom advocates in Washington, D.C., to meet with members of Congress, State Department officials, NGO leaders and to attend the National Prayer Breakfast over the past week.
The delegation, along with China Aid founder and President Bob Fu and Vice President Kody Kness, met with Senate Majority Whip Senator John Cornyn, R-Texas; Congressmen Jim McGovern, D-Mass., co-chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission; Chris Smith, R-N.J., chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Human Rights; Trent Franks, R-Ariz., co-chair of the International Religious Freedom Caucus; and Joe Pitts, R-Pa., co-chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission. Other meetings included Katrina Lantos Swett, vice-chair of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, and the Ambassador for International Religious Freedom, David Saperstein. These meetings were an opportunity for the Chinese and Taiwanese delegates to share their experiences with U.S. government officials and discuss opportunities to work together to advance religious freedom and rule of law in China.
While in Washington, the delegation also met with representatives from National Endowment for Democracy, Freedom House, Heritage Foundation, and participants of the International Religious Freedom Roundtable.
The visit ended in Dallas with a meeting with the George W. Bush Institute’s Human Freedom Program.