Republican Candidate Marco Rubio Urges Aggressiveness On China

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Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) (L) is interviewed by National Journal's Major Garrett during the Washington Ideas forum, at The Newseum in Washington October 5, 2011. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS) - RTR2S9FR

Marco Rubio, Senator of Florida, criticized China’s behavior on Friday. On his opinion piece on The Wall Street Journal Senator Rubio faulted China on a number of issues with some of them being cybertheft, rampant economic misconduct, military expansionism and human rights abuse.

The Republican presidential candidate also faulted President Obama. He reiterated that Obama continually appeased the leadership in China even after their misbehavior. Mr. Rubio’s assertions came after Susan E. Rice, the national security advisor, met President Xi Jinping of China in Beijing to facilitate Mr. Xi’s visit to Washington.  According to Mr. Rubio, Mr. Xi has had insufficient responses to both national security and economic concerns.

Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin, one of Rubio’s campaign rivals, called on the President to cancel the visit. On his part Mr. Rubio suggest that the visit be “downgraded to a working visit from a state visit.” The presidential hopeful continued to assert that it is under Mr. Xi’s rule that China has increased its campaign to push the US out of Asia.

Mr. Rubio insisted that during his presidency China will have no pass on human rights. On this he asserted he would help hold talks to name and release political prisoners unconditionally. He also added that he would freeze assets and impose visa bans on Chinese who violated human rights.