Repub­li­can debate: Can­di­dates spar on Chi­na but agree that Bei­jing pos­es a threat

Republican debate: Candidates spar on China but agree that Beijing poses a threat

The five Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates who par­tic­i­pat­ed in Wednes­day’s debate all agreed about the threats posed by Chi­na, even though they argued over each oth­er’s records regard­ing the Unit­ed States’s pri­ma­ry com­peti­tor.
Gov. Ron DeSan­tis (R‑FL) and for­mer South Car­oli­na Gov. Nik­ki Haley have ques­tioned each oth­er’s track record with Bei­jing dur­ing their tenures and reit­er­at­ed those sen­ti­ments on the debate stage in Mia­mi.
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“She wel­comed them into South Car­oli­na, gave them land near a mil­i­tary base, wrote the Chi­nese ambas­sador a love let­ter, say­ing what a great friend they were. That was like their No. 1 way to do eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment,” DeSan­tis claimed. “In Flori­da, I banned Chi­na from buy­ing land in the state. … We kicked the Con­fu­cius insti­tutes out of our uni­ver­si­ties. We’ve rec­og­nized the threat, and we’ve act­ed swift­ly and deci­sive­ly.”

A series of ques­tions on the war in Ukraine drew heat­ed com­ments from mul­ti­pl …