“But I think there’s one simple fact that ought to be brought out when you’re talking about China, and that is that the U.S.-China relationship is only as strong as we are domestically. And I think that the best U.S.-China policy is to get back on our feet domestically, to shore up our economic fundamentals, to focus on international economics, to get our infrastructure strengthened, to improve our schools. These are all things that, [over the] long term, are going to make a stronger U.S.-China relationship. And we’ve got to start here — fixing and strengthening our core. That’s a message I think a lot of Americans can relate to, but the candidates don’t seem to want to talk about China in the context of fixing our own house first in order to have a better relationship with China long term”
Jon Huntsman, in an interview with Foreign Policy, about what the conversation about China should be.