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U.S. Republican Rubio vows to press China on human rights

Sep 29, 2015 | News

Republican candidate Marco Rubio promised on Wednesday to strengthen ties with China’s neighbors and put more pressure on Beijing on human rights if he wins the U.S. presidential election in 2016.
In an essay in Foreign Affairs magazine, Rubio accused President Barack Obama’s administration of “a disturbing willingness to ignore human rights violations in the hope of appeasing the Chinese leadership.”
“The best way for the United States to counter China’s expansion in East Asia is through support for liberty,” Rubio, a U.S. senator from Florida, wrote.
“If the United States hopes to restore stability in East Asia, it has to speak with clarity and strength regarding the universal rights and values that America represents,” he said.
Obama will host Chinese President Xi Jinping at the White House next month amid tensions between the two countries over cyber security and territorial disputes between China and its neighbours in the South China Sea and East China Sea.

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