Carly Fiorina has been very direct in taking the fight to Hillary Clinton from the beginning of her campaign for the GOP presidential nomination. But, now the former Hewlett Packard CEO is being direct about a certain country: China.
In regard to cyberattacks originating from China, Fiorina said:
…these Chinese cyberattacks are an act of aggression on the United States, and they must stop. It is also true that our government has to be more competent about detecting and repelling those attacks.”
Fiorina asserted that’s it’s time to fight the new aggression that China is bringing:
“I would say first that we are going to be more aggressive in helping our allies in that region push back against new Chinese aggression, whether those allies are Australia or Japan or the Philippines.
I would be conducting, actually now, at a moment when China’s economy is wavering a bit, I would be conducting more flyovers on the South China Sea. We cannot permit China to control a trade route through which passes $5 trillion worth of goods and services every year.”
Chinese President Xi Jinping is scheduled to meet with President Obama next month at The White House, and Fiorina is not mincing words when it comes to the political stance of the Chinese government:
“China has made a bargain with their people. Their people have accepted a repressive totalitarian regime in exchange for economic growth.”
Fiorina said her business experience in China gives her insight into the country’s business and educational practices, and its relation to United States intellectual property:
“I have been doing business in China for decades, and I will tell you that yeah, the Chinese can take a test, but what they can’t do is innovate. They are not terribly imaginative. They’re not entrepreneurial, they don’t innovate, that is why they are stealing our intellectual property.”
China, along with the Middle East, is shaping up to be a dominant subject when it comes to foreign policy and the 2016 presidential election.