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Fiorina: ‘China is a rising adversary’

Carly Fiorina

(The Hill) – GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina said on Friday that America must display more backbone with China.

“There’s no question that China is a rising adversary,” she told host Stuart Varney on Fox Business Network’s “Varney & Co.”

“There’s no question they have cheated on trade agreements,” Fiorina said.  “There’s no question they have engaged in cyber espionage and cyberattacks for a long time.”

“The time to put pressure on them is now from a whole series of perspectives,” the former Hewlett-Packard CEO added.

Fiorina also argued on Friday that a tougher posture toward Beijing is necessary given China’s increasing aggression toward the West.

“They’re flexing their military muscle more and more because their economy is weak,” she said of China. “It’s the classic response.”

Fiorina’s remarks come as President Obama is preparing for a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping later this month.

Despite the tensions with China, Fiorina said she would not cancel the state visit were she in Obama’s shoes.

“No, I wouldn’t actually,” Fiorina told Varney when asked if she would void Xi’s scheduled visit if she were currently running the White House.

“I wouldn’t make it a huge photo-op,” she said. “I would make it a serious negation.”

“We ought to be talking with them as well about perhaps asking them to play by the same rules in our marketplace that they force us to play by in their marketplace,” the ex-technology executive added. “We are their largest market. That gives us huge leverage.”

Xi’s upcoming appearance in Washington, D.C., is controversial among the GOP’s 2016 presidential field.

Government officials privately say China was behind the massive data breach at the Office of Personnel Management earlier this summer.

Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) has called on Obama to cancel Xi’s visit. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), meanwhile, has proposed downgrading the diplomatic status of the Chinese leader’s stop instead.

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