“Well, the reality’s a little different as it usually is when you’re on the ground. And I’ve tried to figure this out for 30 years of my career. First of all, I don’t think, Mitt, you can take China to the W.T.O. on currency-related issues. Second, I don’t know that this country needs a trade war with China. Who does it hurt? Our small businesses in South Carolina, our exporters — our agriculture producers.
We don’t need that at a time when China is about to embark on a generational position. So what should we be doing? We should be reaching out to our allies and constituencies within China. They’re called the young people. They’re called the internet generation. There are 500 million internet users in China. And 80 million bloggers. And they are bringing about change, the likes of which is gonna take China down. While we have an opportunity to go up and win back our economic manufacturing muscles. That’s all I wanna do as president.”
– Former US Ambassador to China and presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman, in a recent Republican primary debate, when asked for his response to Rick Perry’s suggestion that China will end up on the ash heap of history.
Read more about what Chinese netizens think of Jon Huntsman’s comments here.