GOP presidential candidate Nikki Haley on Tuesday outlined her foreign policy approach to countering Beijing in a harsh speech, criticizing both former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden before calling China the “most dangerous foreign threat we’ve faced since World War II.” had to deal with World War.”
“The endgame of the Communist Party is clear. China is preparing its people for war. President Xi (Jinping) has said it openly,” Haley said in a speech to the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC. “We must take him at his word and act accordingly. Instead, President Biden continues to falter. His actions make conflict more likely. We must act now to keep the peace and avoid war. And we need a leader who will rally our people to meet this threat – on every front.”
Haley argued that the US needs to get more countries on its side by deepening military ties with Japan, South Korea and Australia and forging stronger ties with India and the Philippines.
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“And we must finally make Europe realize that China threatens it as much as we do. European countries are even further behind than we are in recognizing the Chinese threat. It’s time to wake them up,” she said. “We need a united front around the world. And one American partner is especially important. Taiwan is the Communist Party’s most direct target. If China invades, it will unleash the war that none of us want. We can’t make it happen.”
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Nikki Haley outlined her foreign policy approach to China during a speech to the American Enterprise Institute on June 27, 2023 in Washington, D.C. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
“We and our allies must give Taiwan everything it needs to defend itself. We must ensure that the US naval presence in the Taiwan Strait remains strong. And we must let China know now that an invasion of Taiwan will not only with a few It would mean a complete economic decoupling that would do massive damage to China,” Haley said, putting herself in direct contrast to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, who testified earlier this month that decoupling with China would be difficult. big mistake” for the US
Meanwhile, after a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing last week, Secretary of State Antony Blinken reiterated to reporters that the United States does not support Taiwan’s independence. Haley categorized the trip as a “a gilded invitation to more Chinese aggression, not less”.
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“First China scolded us. Then President Xi called it a good meeting. He only says that if he gets much more than he gives. In fact, he gave us nothing. Joe Biden has 18 months left in office. Mark my words: He will continue to ignore the Chinese threat. We’ve wasted another four years. We’re falling behind. But China is moving forward, faster than ever.”
Haley, who served as the Trump administration’s ambassador to the United Nations, credited her former boss-turned-election rival in 2024 for upsetting the consensus among both Republicans and Democrats that China would join the World Trade Organization in 2001 without risk.
Republican presidential nominee and former UN ambassador Nikki Haley speaks at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. on June 27, 2023 (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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Haley said Trump was “right” to focus on “Chinese trade abuses”, but she said he was “doing too little about the rest of the Chinese threat” and that he was not “putting us on a stronger military footing” in Asia”. stop the flow of US technology and investment in the Chinese military” or “effectively rally our allies against the Chinese threat.”
“Even the trade deal he signed fell short when China predictably failed to meet its commitments,” said Haley, who is also the former governor of South Carolina. He also showed moral weakness. In his zeal to befriend President Xi, Trump congratulated the Communist Party on its 70th anniversary of the conquest of China. That sent the wrong signal to the world. Chinese Communism should be condemned, never congratulations. China was stronger militarily when President Trump left office than when he came in. That’s bad. But Joe Biden’s record is much worse. President Biden’s list of failures in China is long.”
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Haley argued that Biden “has refused to seriously investigate China’s cover-up about the origins of COVID-19, has done little to halt the expansion of China’s footprint on our homeland,” fentanyl crisis” and “weakened our own military.”
“His obsessive focus on climate issues naively plays into China’s bargaining position,” she added. “The Communist Party steals our innovations to the tune of $600 billion a year. It uses American enterprises to undermine American strength. And President Biden is making it happen.”
If elected president, Haley vowed her top priority would be strengthening the US economy and military to “protect America’s prosperity and homeland from Chinese aggression.”
Secretary of State Antony Blinken, left, meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on June 19, 2023. (Leah Millis/pool photo via AP)
“We will address Chinese interference in our society and its manipulation of our economy. And we will hold the Communist Party accountable while placing it on the global defensive,” Haley said, recalling her policy speech on China during a trip to Seoul , South. Korea, four years ago shortly after she left her position at the United Nations.
“China is much more than just a ‘competitor.’ Communist China is an enemy. It is the most dangerous foreign threat we have faced since World War II. We must stop wasting time,” she said. was true four years ago when I said that in Seoul. That’s even more the case today.”
Haley said America must respond domestically, economically and militarily. Citing the major “national security risk,” she outlined how Chinese investors have bought nearly 400,000 acres of US land, equivalent to twice the size of New York City and including miles of farms near sensitive military facilities.
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“China treats our homeland as its personal playground,” she said, proposing a ban on all lobbying activities by the Communist Party and Chinese corporations, and barring members of Congress and military leaders from lobbying on behalf of China.
Haley also said sanctions designed to discourage the flow of Chinese-made precursor chemicals into Mexican cartels, which are used to make the fentanyl that flows across the border, are not working. She said that as president she would “urge Congress to revoke permanent normal trade relations until the flow of fentanyl stops.”
She was concerned about China’s navy, which was the same size as the US Navy less than 10 years ago, but is now the largest fleet in the world with 340 ships and plans to reach 400 in the next two years.
Danielle Wallace is a reporter for Fox News Digital covering politics, crime, police and more. Story tips can be sent to [email protected] and on Twitter: @danimwallace.