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Romney Taunts China on Space, Olympics

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign stop in St. Augustine, Florida, August 13, 2012.
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign stop in St. Augustine, Florida, August 13, 2012.
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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney continued his tough talk on China Monday, mocking Beijing's plans to send an unmanned rocket to the moon.

At a campaign speech in the southeastern state of Florida, Romney also boasted about the success of the U.S. Olympic team, which finished with 16 more medals than second-place China.

"This is still the greatest nation on Earth," Romney said. "I know there are people around the world who are always critical of America, have something negative to say, say our greatest days are in the past. Baloney. We just won more Olympic medals than any other nation on Earth. You also just saw we just landed on Mars and took a good look at what's going on there. And I know the Chinese are planning on going to the moon, and I hope they have a good experience doing that. And I hope they stop in and take a look at our flag that was put there 43 years ago."

During his campaign, Romney has taken a firm stance on issues that have recently tested U.S.-China relations, including disputes over trade, intellectual property, and currency value.

China reacts

Beijing has dismissed such statements as irresponsible and politically motivated, and has suggested they could hurt relations between the world's two largest economies.

Romney has repeatedly threatened to designate China as a currency manipulator and impose sanctions against it if he is elected. In his speech Monday, he made similar comments.

"We also need to crack down on nations that cheat and don't play by the rules," he warned. "When China steals our technology, when China steals our intellectual property, our patents and designs, our know-how, when they manipulate their currency, we're going to say, 'no-more.' Cheating must have consequences."

Many in the U.S. and Europe accuse Beijing of intentionally keeping the value of its yuan currency low, giving its exporters an unfair advantage in international markets.

President Obama has accused China of "gaming" the global trading system, but has stopped short of calling for it to be officially labeled as a currency manipulator.

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by: Scott from: Beijing
August 14, 2012 10:16 AM
After reading the headline only, I was on my way to lambasting Romney,

but the real idiots are the person who wrote the headline and the editor who let it be published. Agree with him or disagree, he did NOT 'taunt' China. Maybe a bit outspoken in this case, but true.

Other times it would be better if he thought more.
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by: Rudy from: Canada
August 14, 2012 1:54 PM
"And I hope they stop in and take a look at our flag that was put there 43 years ago"

haha, that's a bold statement. The real epiphany would be when the taikonauts FAIL to find that flag no matter how hard they try. :) Some hoaxes do linger long.



by: Dallin from: Washington
August 14, 2012 10:14 AM
I feel like he is quickly showing a total lack of finess when speaking of other countries. Sure China isn't always the most ethical country, and sure it has problems, but the remarks he made were not meant to productively work on fixing our issues with it. I also felt he was wrong to say "When China steals our technology." The Chinese government is not actively helping companies break international patent laws. This strongly reminds me of him insulting the Arabic world during his visit to Israel. Sometimes being a good negotiator is knowing when to keep your mouth shut until there is something productive you can actually do to fix someone. Someone needs a filter when it comes to dealing with other nation states.
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by: US from: US
August 14, 2012 3:41 PM
Through reading your comment, I realized that your not a Republican oppomnent but a RED chinese ! yes, a very dangerous creatures from communist china defending its nations.
Do not divert from that fact that :
"China steals our technology." and much more. In your own word : Red china actively helping companies break international patent laws. Get it.

by: Briny from: USA
August 14, 2012 9:52 AM
Nothing Governor Romney said could be described as "taunting" the Chinese. Your headline writer exhibits a juvenile partisianship unbecoming a professional journalist.

by: Dyck Heather from: New York
August 14, 2012 9:49 AM
This person is not responsible at all. Making naive and irreposnible speeches. I can see his character based from what he has been saying all the time, very cheap. Not wise enough to be the next president of the USA. He is the kind of person that might casue world war. Especially our nation is not so rich at the moment, very very disapointed.

by: Zed from: Florida
August 14, 2012 8:06 AM
I don't like the Republican party in general, but I like that Romney has the guts to stand up to and get tough with the Chinese. It's about time we started doing that, and Obama needs to step up to the plate and show some real leadership.

by: riano baggy from: ina
August 14, 2012 7:18 AM
maybe now china take a slow they avoid make a hot actions and issues,but we knows now China its big nation and more powerful in economics, they wait and see who the leader for the next decade in US., wisely sit together to make win-win solutions, not make wrong statements.
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by: Parker from: Shanghai,China
August 16, 2012 4:41 AM
What I just wanna say is that Romney is a person who likes provocate the hatred between Chinese and American, he is really a hotheaded, without deep consideration and that is why he is still not the president and will never be. Keep open to others , peace-pursuing is the trend that world will go.
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by: US from: US
August 14, 2012 3:53 PM
We made china...resurrected a dead Red, a desparated communist country, and yet a former no. 1 enemy ! Only comrades from communist china think that thy are super power this, that...wisemen don't sit together and dont do nothing ! thats dumb ! We made it, we'll break it. Questions ? then we'll sit together make solutions.
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