Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker called on President Obama to cancel Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to the U.S. next month after a tough day for global markets.
In a statement released late Monday, the Republican presidential candidate said Obama should “focus on holding China accountable” for its attempts to “actively manipulate their economy,” rather than feting the world leader.
The President last hosted Xi for an informal meeting in Palm Springs, Calif. in 2013.
Read Walker’s full statement below:
Spartanburg, S.C. – Ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to the U.S. next month, Gov. Scott Walker released the below statement.
“Americans are struggling to cope with the fall in today’s markets driven in part by China’s slowing economy and the fact that they actively manipulate their economy. Rather than honoring Chinese President Xi Jinping with an official state visit next month, President Obama should focus on holding China accountable over its increasing attempts to undermine U.S. interests. Given China’s massive cyberattacks against America, its militarization of the South China Sea, continued state interference with its economy, and persistent persecution of Christians and human rights activists, President Obama needs to cancel the state visit. There’s serious work to be done rather than pomp and circumstance. We need to see some backbone from President Obama on U.S.-China relations.”