According to Bloomberg, a bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers is planning to visit Detroit to address the issue of automakers’ reliance on China in their supply chains, specifically in relation to electric vehicle (EV) batteries. The lawmakers, comprising Republicans Mike Gallagher and John Moolenaar, as well as Democrats Raja Krishnamoorthi and Haley Stevens, are members of the recently established House of Representatives China Select Committee.
The lawmakers aim to emphasize the potential negative impact of depending heavily on China for supply chains, asserting that it undermines American companies. They plan to hold discussions with key executives, including Ford CEO Jim Farley and GM CEO Mary Barra, during their visit.
As of now, there has been no response from the House panel regarding this matter. This effort by the lawmakers follows a recent visit to Beijing by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, during which he held meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping and other high-ranking officials. The discussions resulted in an agreement between the two nations to stabilize their contentious rivalry, aiming to prevent further escalation and conflict.
It is worth noting that this information is sourced from Bloomberg, and there has been no independent confirmation or statement from the involved parties or the House panel at the time of this post.