FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 25, 2000
Lawrence J. Goodrich, Communications Director, (202) 523-3240
The Chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom today expressed regret over the House vote to grant China Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) status without requiring China to show "substantial improvement" on religious freedom. Such a standard was a major recommendation of the Commission's first Annual Report, issued May 1.