WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa will join a delegation led by Sen. Steve Daines of Montana that also includes Sens. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, David Perdue of Georgia and Ben Sasse of Nebraska on a congressional delegation trip to China, South Korea and the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). The trip has been developed over the past six months.

“We are looking forward to traveling to China, South Korea and the DMZ as part of a congressional delegation trip. On our trip we will address issues important to the United States including trade, intellectual property, technology, security and human rights,” the delegation members said.

The delegation also commented on today’s announcement by the United States Trade Representative regarding trade tariffs on China.

“Today, the president announced a series of tariffs on China in response to concerns over the country’s trade practices. Given this announcement, we look forward to engaging in strategic discussions about how best to ensure free and smart trade,” the delegation members said.

While on their trip, the senators will prioritize the following trade concerns in discussions with Chinese leaders: 

  • Forced technology transfers
  • Discriminatory licensing restrictions
  • State-coordinated and supported acquisition of advanced technologies and strategic assets
  • Unauthorized intrusions into computer networks and intellectual property theft

Details regarding the delegation trip will be available following the conclusion of the trip.