U.S. Presidential Candidates on China

Earlier today, the Democratic candidates for President of the U.S. participated in a debate in Iowa. A significant portion of the debate was spent discussing China. The excerpts dealing with China have been uploaded onto Tudou, and can be heard in two parts here and here (audio file). The full debate can be heard on the National Public Radio website. From the NPR report on the debate:

Trade has also become a major concern for American voters, even in Iowa, which enjoys a large trade surplus with the rest of the world. Many Democrats are skeptical that globalization is good for the U.S. economy. Several of the candidates said the government should take a tougher line against China.

“We have not been the best negotiators, and often times, we’re negotiating on behalf of Wall Street instead of Main Street,” Obama said.

Edwards echoed that view, saying big corporations are driving American policy toward China. “They get their way and the American people lose,” he said.