Thursday, January 5, 2012

Which of these Republican presidential nominees knows what's up in China?

Let's play this game. All pull quotes from Wall Street Journal.

Is it Mitt Romney, the suave asshole who exercises with a shake weight?

...has taken a leaf out of Obama’s 2008 playbook with a promise to get tough on China’s trade policy. Day one of a Romney administration would threaten countervailing duties against Chinese imports if Beijing didn’t move quickly to float the yuan.

Is it Rick Santorum, that social conservative? (Further insults gratuitous.)

...He says that China should be challenged on religious liberty and the U.S. should be doing more to support human rights activists.

Is it Ron Paul, that lovably losing idealist? (Idealistic losing lover?)

...His promise to boost the dollar’s strength and reduce America’s foreign-policy entanglements could give China a freer hand on the exchange rate, and to flex its foreign-policy muscles in the Asia Pacific.

Or is it this guy?

As the former U.S. ambassador to China, he is the candidate with the most sophisticated views, arguing that the reality of Beijing’s own politics makes confrontation on the exchange rate unhelpful.

Good luck in New Hampshire, Governor.

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