WASHINGTON (MNS) — In response to China's refusal to release United States military personnel after a surveillance plane made an emergency landing there over the weekend, U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, introduced legislation Wednesday to revoke China's current trade status.
"The situation is indicative of the regard in which the communist regime in China holds our government," Hunter said at a press conference. "The fact is, while we trade with China, they prepare for war."
The legislation would revoke the "normal trade relations" status for China, which Hunter, who represents Imperial County, said should be reserved for United States economic and military allies.
"(The United States) needs to have our economic message be consistent with our military message," said Michael Harrison, a spokesman for Hunter.