Nearly 20 years after teaching in China, this time Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., is the one getting the assignment: to serve on the Congressional Executive Commission on China.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appointed Walz last week. "His extensive background working in China and his knowledge of the Chinese people will be great assets as Congress moves forward on the crucial issues facing our two countries," she said.
Walz was one of the first government-sanctioned U.S. high school teachers in China, where he taught English and American history in the 1989-90 school year. The commission, created in 2000, monitors human rights and the rule of law in China and files an annual report with the president.
"It is extremely important that America continues to pay close attention to human rights in China and that we are careful about further expansion of our trade relationship with China," Walz said.