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Attack on US senator's wife triggers China race row

Published on Feb 27, 2013 12:57 PM
 
Former US Secretary of Labour Elaine Chao, wife of top Republican Senator Mitch McConnell, is in the spotlight after a US left-leaning group suggested that Mr McConnell supports China over the United States due to his Taiwan-born wife. -- FILE PHOTO Aides to top Republican Senator Mitch McConnell voiced outrage after a left-leaning group suggested he supported China over the United States due to his Taiwan-born wife. - See more at: http://sph.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/world/story/attack-us-senators-wife-triggers-china-race-row-20130227-0#sthash.r19ByA40.dpuf

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Aides to top Republican Senator Mitch McConnell voiced outrage after a left-leaning group suggested he supported China over the United States due to his Taiwan-born wife.

Mr McConnell, who faces re-election next year, is married to former labour secretary Elaine Chao. She was born in Taiwan to parents who fled mainland China and immigrated to the United States as a child.

Progress Kentucky, a pressure group opposed to Mr McConnell, posted a message on Twitter which noted that the Senate Republican leader was married to Ms Chao and quipped: "May explain why your job moved to China!"

The group also linked to a press release in which China's Premier Wen Jiabao thanked Ms Chao's father, businessman James Chao, for business deals that helped benefit the Asian economy's shipbuilding industry.

 
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