House Select Committee on China Issues 1st Subpoena: Investigating Chinese-Owned Laboratory in Reedley, CA

Last week, the House Select Committee on China took a significant step by issuing its inaugural subpoena. The city of Reedley, Calif. received a subpoena requesting the submission of documents and records pertaining to Prestige Biotech and Universal Meditech Inc., a Chinese-owned laboratory located within the city. The initial report of the subpoena came from Politico.

According to a source familiar with the matter, the committee has received a substantial volume of evidence from the city. This evidence includes numerous documents spanning thousands of pages, extensive video footage amounting to hours, and a significant collection of photographs. The information was shared with Politico.


According to the statement, an examination of the available evidence has revealed concerning deficiencies in the safeguards that permitted the covert facility to operate without consequences. Additionally, it has highlighted significant shortcomings in the response of the federal government.

The formation of the committee took place in January by means of a bipartisan resolution. The committee is chaired by Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.) and the ranking member is Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.).

In recent years, there has been a noticeable escalation in tensions between the United States and China, particularly in the realms of economics and military affairs.

Last week, President Biden made a visit to Vietnam as a strategic move to monitor and address the increasing influence of China. When reporters asked him about China's role in the trip, he downplayed it.

The individual expressed their reluctance to restrict or confine the actions of China. Ensuring a transparent and mutually beneficial relationship with China is of utmost importance. It is crucial that we establish a clear understanding and maintain a positive rapport with them.

The recent visit to China by Biden administration officials, such as Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, aimed to foster collaboration between Beijing and Washington in key domains like climate change and artificial intelligence.

During the debate on the House floor regarding the establishment of the select committee, Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) emphasized the importance of bipartisan collaboration in addressing the challenges posed by China.


The seriousness of the threat posed by Communist China has been acknowledged by colleagues on both sides. The individual expressed complete agreement with the statement. The issue at hand goes beyond political affiliations. The establishment of the select committee on China is considered the most effective approach to tackle the issue at hand.


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