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Republicans Criticism of China Goes Against History, Cui Says

January 09, 2012

Jan. 9 (Bloomberg) -- China-U.S. relations have been consistent during administrations of both U.S. political parties over four decades, suggesting that Republican presidential candidates’ criticisms of China go against a broader trend, Vice Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai said today.

“Over these decades China-U.S. relations have kept moving forward,” Cui told reporters in Beijing today. “Although there have been different presidents in office, the China policy of different administrations has been fairly consistent” since President Richard Nixon visited China 40 years ago.

Leading Republican presidential candidates, including former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, have criticized China on the campaign trail.

Romney said he would press a case against China at the World Trade Organization for manipulating its currency in order to artificially lower prices and run a trade surplus. The U.S. had a $273 billion trade deficit with China in 2010. The U.S. and China are the world’s two biggest economies.

“Many of the candidates mention China’s name in the presidential campaign,” Cui said. “I’m also quite curious, how much knowledge do they have about the nature of the China-U.S. relationship?”

--Editor: Mark Williams

To contact the reporter on this story: Michael Forsythe in Beijing at mforsythe@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Peter Hirschberg at phirschberg@bloomberg.net -0- Jan/09/2012 09:01 GMT


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