John Huntsman to the WSJ: We must better position ourselves to compete with China
In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, Republican presidential candidate John Huntsman had quite a bit to say about the unfair advantage China currently holds in the global marketplace:
If there's a short version of Mr. Huntsman's core message, it is that America needs to start competing again, and aggressively, in the global marketplace. "We need to get back in the game," he says, citing the lapse of free-trade momentum as a primary failing of the Obama years. "If we don't do it, China will move ahead with free-trade agreements as they are in Latin America, built around procurement practices that benefit Chinese companies."
WSJ columnist Danel Henninger even goes so far as to call Huntsman “preoccupied with Asia”—and we like it:
He is preoccupied with Asia: "I've seen the rise of Asia as a business guy, I've seen it as a diplomat. I think every day how we're going to better position ourselves to compete in the next century with the likes of China and India."
We hope the current Administration and other presidential hopefuls follow Huntsman’s lead and start spending more time talking about China. China’s unfair currency manipulation is costing Americans jobs—and it’s time for the other candidates to become “preoccupied” with this crucial issue too.
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