Nominees to discuss China in foreign policy debate
New Jersey Congressman Chris Smith weighs in
- Duration 5:30
- Date Oct 22, 2012
New Jersey Congressman Chris Smith weighs in
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We sometimes -- now that was our -- we don't tell me -- -- It's.
-- -- -- -- -- Remember that the controversial ad depicting a Beijing classroom -- 2030.
-- a Chinese professor gloating about owning America.
The nonpartisan group Citizens Against Government Waste first release that -- before the mid term elections in 2010 and now.
It is re releasing it along with the Americans for prosperity foundation.
The groups say the national ad campaign is meant to draw attention to what they call out of control deficit spending and the dangers of the national debts.
China is the largest foreign holder of US -- a topic that's likely to come up its -- foreign policy debate governor Romney says that President Obama has been soft on China.
Well the president says the former business executive is the last person who's going to get -- Beijing.
Joining us now Chris Smith a Republican congressman from New Jersey and member of the house foreign affairs committee does quite a bit of work with China and our our in our interest there thank you so much for joining us is -- -- -- This -- a lot and last it is I want to play a little bit of what governor Romney had to say about her her relationship with China.
We lose sales and manufacturers here in the US make in the same products can't compete.
China has been a currency -- manipulator for years and years and years.
And the president has a regular opportunity.
To to label them as a as a currency manipulator but refuses to do so.
Trade issues intellectual property hacking -- all kinds of things what concerns you most about our current relationship well unfortunately Obama -- we've had a numbing.
Indifference towards human rights whether -- labor rights we have people getting they had people getting 1050 cents per hour no.
Occupation -- -- safety protections.
How do US workers who can out compete anyone in the world compete with that kind of exploitation and this administration.
Has been almost completely a wall when Hu Jintao came in when the incoming president she came in and that.
Very small obligatory no public statements regarding human rights.
And and I have to -- I have -- 41 congressional hearings on human rights abuses in China.
If you get the human rights peace right here -- more likely to get these special property rights the the copyright infringement.
And foreign sourcing which now China is the magnet on the face of the earth becomes far less likely and is as governor Romney pointed out so well.
Every year every six months where the Commerce Department could name China as a currency -- -- -- it has failed to do so.
So now the indifference again towards human rights even our our our secretary of state sat on her first trip to China.
That she wasn't going to quote interfere.
With the human rights -- let that human rights issue interfere with global climate change issues and selling the debt and finally the Washington Post nailed it on January 19.
After Hu Jintao came into the US met with the president and and in their editorial they said.
President Obama makes Hu Jintao look good on rights.
He offered excuses.
For this dictatorship.
Rather than in a principled civil way saying.
We stand with the oppressed not with the oppressor I believe Mitt Romney will speak out very boldly and effectively on behalf of human rights abuses or against them -- should say.
And the oppressed people of China.
And the president says he has been tough on China so let's play a little bit of what he had to say that's in debates.
When he talks about getting tough on China.
I keep in mind that.
Governor Romney invested in companies that were pioneers of outsourcing.
And is currently investing and countries.
In in companies that are building the surveillance equipment for China this -- some folks.
That's that governor you're the last person -- gonna get tough on China.
Presidents -- they've taken a high number of trade cases to the World Trade Organization they've been the ones who are tough on -- it's taken some but again.
Probably the most unfair trading practice of of all and US TR should investigate this and they have not is the whole issue of the exploitation of labor.
If you pay people next to nothing.
And in many cases you know the Chinese people are fighting against this very often incurring torture in jail as a result trying to organize have collective bargaining.
You have a situation where where you know there are strikes in China crushed of course by the secret police as soon as they start.
And and so again you've got to focus on that piece the human rights peace against not just me.
I talked to the DS -- the human rights activists who are now in the United States.
They are so disappointed.
He had an opportunity as the Nobel Peace Prize winner to speak out on behalf of -- show -- who got -- The year after he did on one of those who nominated him he still would present.
And they're -- the United States.
Steady Hu Jintao the president of China yes he should -- with -- he should talk to.
But lavishing him with praise when he's the jailer of the current Nobel Peace Prize winner who was still languishing in prisons.
-- and we know you have fought long and hard for human rights issues in China thank you for sharing some of the latest Intel we'll see with the two candidates have to and I get to see you.