Walker calls for cancellation of Chinese president’s visit

Republican Scott Walker said President Barack Obama needs to have some “backbone” and cancel a planned official state visit next month by the president of China.

The Wisconsin governor and presidential candidate said Monday the planned visit of Xi Jinping should be canceled in light of the U.S. stock market’s tumble, which Walker says was driven by China’s manipulation of their economy.

Walker said Obama should hold China accountable for what he calls its “increasing attempts to undermine U.S. interests.” Walker cites “massive cyber attacks against America, its militarization of the South China Sea, continued state interference with its economy, and persistent persecution of Christians and human rights activists.”

But Walker’s call comes after he took his own trip to China in 2013, and held a meeting with that country’s president.

A release issued after a trade mission with the Wisconsin Economic Development touted that the April 2013 meeting was the “first time a Wisconsin governor has met with China’s President.”

WEDC also has a “trade venture” to China planned in January of 2016.

A Walker campaign aide referred questions about the upcoming missions to his official office, but said of his past visit and comments Monday, “We don’t need high honors and unnecessary ceremony for President Xi, but rather, we need economic engagement.”