Lesko Reintroduces Bill to Stop IP Theft By Communist China

Washington, February 15, 2023 | Andrea Hitt (202-251-6371)

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (AZ-08) reintroduced the Stop China’s IP Theft Act to prevent Chinese government officials, active duty members of the Chinese military, and senior members of the Chinese Communist Party and their family members from obtaining visas into the United States. Lesko previously introduced this legislation in the 116th and 117th Congresses.

“The Chinese Communist Party has shown increasing aggression toward the United States and has continued to steal our intellectual property,” said Congresswoman Lesko. “This is a huge national security threat that is costing our economy hundreds of billions of dollars per year. I am pleased to reintroduce this bill to ban certain Chinese Communist Party officials and their families from our nation until the CCP stops stealing our intellectual property. This is a critical step in delivering on House Republicans’ promise to stand up to Communist China and the growing threat it poses around the world.”

The bill prohibits the issuance of visas to senior officials in the Chinese Communist Party, including the Politburo, the Central Committee, and each delegate to the National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, the spouses and children of these senior officials, members of the cabinet of the government of the People’s Republic of China, and active duty members of the People’s Liberation Army of China, until the U.S. Director of National Intelligence certifies to the Committees on the Judiciary of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate that the government of the People’s Republic of China has ceased sponsoring, funding, facilitating, and actively working to support efforts to infringe on the intellectual property rights of citizens and companies of the United States.

Lesko was joined by Representatives Brian Babin (R-TX-36), Andy Biggs (R-AZ-05), and Tom Tiffany (R-WI-07) in introducing this legislation.


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