US-China relations are at their lowest point in decades after the Alaska summit held in March. Major newspapers described the meeting as “contentious,” and that the two countries’ top diplomats were “trading sharp and unusually public barbs.” Some commented that the outcome “further lowers expectations for improvement of relations between the US and China.” With the world’s prosperity and stability at stake, Genlin, the founder of the World Dog Alliance (WDA), worked with politicians in the US, China, and Japan to campaign for the International Agreement to Prohibit the Eating of Dogs and Cats, with the hope of achieving “animal rights for great peace” through his innovative “Dog and Cat Diplomacy.”
WDA has a crucial partner in the US, Congressman Alcee Hastings, who united 30 bipartisan US Representatives to co-sign a letter to former President Donald Trump in February 2020, urging the US to initiate the International Agreement to Prohibit the Eating of Dogs and Cats. Genlin introduced Congressman Hastings to Japanese Senator Fujisue Kenzo, who then united 34 congressmen to co-sign a letter to Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide in December 2020, urging the Japanese government to initiate the same.
In his letter dated 8 March 2021, Congressman Hastings applauded Senator Fujisue’s work to advance animal rights in Japan; he also stressed the importance of the US and Japan jointly founding the International Agreement:
“The U.S. is placed in a strong position to partner with other nations such as Japan to make meaningful progress on an international ban.
“I look forward to future collaboration with you and the World Dog Alliance to end this terrible industry once and for all.”