Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, and Rep. Charles Boustany, LA-07, the bipartisan leaders of the U.S.-China Working Group, sent a letter in support of Chen Guangcheng and his family's application to travel to the United States to Chinese Ambassador Zhang Yesui.
The text of the letter is as follows:
His Excellency Zhang Yesui
Ambassador of the People's Republic of China
to the United States
3505 International Place, NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
Dear Ambassador Zhang:
As co-chairs of the 61-member bipartisan House U.S.-China Working Group, we are writing to express our desire that Chen Guangcheng and his family be allowed the opportunity to travel to the United States to continue his legal studies.
Our two nations have made great strides over the past few years to increase educational and cultural exchanges for our citizens. These exchanges have led to greater mutual appreciation and understanding of our country's unique histories, cultures, and societies. We have seen China move forward on openness and respect for dissenting views, and we look forward to seeing this progress continue.
It is our hope that the Chinese government accepts Mr. Chen's applications for appropriate travel documents, expeditiously processes these applications, and makes accommodations for his medical conditions to allow him to travel.
Thank you for your attention to this very important matter.
Charles Boustany Rick Larsen
Member of Congress Member of Congress