Prior to the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping, President Barack Obama lashed out by the Republican presidential candidates for going soft on China, saying the US needs to have a strong policy against the communist nation.

Republican Candidate Jeb Bush

During a debate in California, Jeb Bush, a leading presidential candidate said, “We need to be strong against China. We should use offensive tactics as it relates to cyber security. There should be super sanctions in what President Obama has proposed.”

However Bush was against dropping the State Dinner for Xi, host and facilitated by Obama at the White House on September 25.

Republican presidential candidate, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks during the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, in Simi Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Republican presidential Candidate Gov. Scott Walker

But his other presidential colleague Gov. Scott Walker expressed his opposition to the State Dinner.

Walker said. “When it comes to China, why would we be giving an official state visit to a country that’s been involved in a massive cyber-attack against the United States? That’s not just a visit, that’s a 21 gun salute on the South Lawn of the White House.”


Presidential Candidate Donald Trump

Donald Trump emphasized that there is no respect for the US today in view of the strategies of Obama.

“They have to respect you. He has absolutely no respect for President Obama.

“I would talk to him (Russian President Vladimir Putin).

I would get along with him. I may be wrong, in which case I’d probably have to take a different path, but I would get along with a lot of the world leaders that this country is not getting along with,” Trump said.

Republican Presidential Candidate Carly Fiorina

Carly Fiorina said who favored a more aggressive approach against Russia. “Having met Vladimir Putin, I wouldn’t talk to him at all. What I would do, immediately, is begin rebuilding the Sixth Fleet, I would begin rebuilding the missile defense program in Poland, I would conduct regular, aggressive military exercises in the Baltic states.”

“I’d probably send a few thousand more troops into Germany. Vladimir Putin would get the message.

“Russia is a bad actor, but Vladimir Putin is someone we should not talk to, because the only way he will stop is to sense strength and resolve on the other side, and we have all of that within our control,” she said.

Republican Presidential Candidate Rand Paul

Rand Paul said who favored engagement with both Russia and China, “We do need to be engaged with Russia. It doesn’t mean we give them a free pass, or China a free pass, but, to be engaged, to continue to talk. We did throughout the Cold War, and it would be a big mistake not to do it here.”




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By: Carl E. /PNA