Xi Has Shown ‘Bold Disregard’ for Human Rights: Rubio

Sen. Marco Rubio, Rep. Chris Smith, chairs of Congressional-Executive Commission on China, say in e-mail statement they are deeply alarmed by recent round-up of human rights lawyers and activists in China.

  • Rubio, R-Fla., Smith, R-N.J., say the wave of repression represents an undeniable setback in U.S.-China relations
    • "China seems to be closing its doors to new ideas and ways of thinking that are essential for the type of economic innovation, political transparency, and diplomatic cooperation needed to shape the future of U.S.-China relations," statement says
  • NOTE: Rubio seeking GOP presidential nomination