China has rebuked US presidential candidate Nikki Haley for plans to scale back ties with China and echoed her comments, saying those who blame Beijing for their problems will end up being thrown into the “ashheap of history”.
Haley, who served as U.N. ambassador during the Trump administration, on Tuesday laid out one of the most hawkish stances on China in the 2024 Republican presidential race, calling on Washington to sharply limit ties with Beijing to address the sharp rise in U.S. fentanyl overdose deaths. rising issue.
Haley said the U.S. should revoke China’s permanent normal trade relationship status until it helps stem the flow of chemicals used to make fentanyl. She also pledged to push U.S. companies out of China, saying China’s ruling Communist Party would “end up in the ashes of history” if the U.S. came together.
China called such remarks irresponsible.
“Pushing U.S. companies to leave China violates economic laws and ultimately harms everyone’s interests,” Liu Pengyu, a spokesman for the Chinese embassy in Washington, said in a statement to Reuters late on Tuesday.
“Only those who gain attention by smearing and shirking responsibility during the campaign will eventually be recorded in the ashes of history,” Liu said.
U.S. officials have said the Chinese government has not cooperated on fentanyl or money laundering related to drug trafficking, a criticism Beijing has rejected.
Haley is trailing far behind in presidential primary polls, with just 3 percent of Republicans planning to vote for her, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released in early June.
She is trying to use foreign policy as a way to differentiate herself in a crowded Republican field, and her tough stance on China could also force her rivals to take a harder line.