WASHINGTON – The world will be watchingclosely as it gears up to host the this year. So will U.S. lawmakers, who hope to use the attention generated by the summer games to highlight their complaints about China’s government.
Lawmakers, in hearings and in legislation, will scrutinize what some see as unfair Chinese economic policies, its secretive military buildup and its human rights abuses. China already has been targeted by presidential candidates.
“The Chinese want this `Show’ — with a capital `S’ — to showcase their government to the world,” Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., said in an interview. Congress, he said, should use that as leverage to “bring maximum scrutiny and light to their egregious human rights abuses.”