Carly Fiorina: Chinese Aren’t Imaginative So They Steal American Ideas

AP

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO and 2016 Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina said earlier this year that the Chinese aren’t “terribly imaginative” and must resort to stealing the intellectual property of Americans.

Fiorina’s comments were made on Jan. 24 during an interview about the Common Core with Iowa political blog, Caffeinated Thoughts, video of which was surfaced by BuzzFeed News on Tuesday.

“I also think the argument for Common Core is frequently, ‘Oh, we have to compete with the Chinese,’” Fiorina told the blog.

Fiorina cited her overseas business experience in China.

“I’ve been doing business in China for decades, and I will tell you that yeah, the Chinese can take a test, but what they can’t do is innovate,” Fiorina said. “They’re not terribly imaginative. They’re not entrepreneurial, they don’t innovate, that’s why they’re stealing our intellectual property.”

Watch the video below, from Caffeinated Thoughts:

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