If there was ever a week for the Republican presidential candidates to promise to get tough on China, this was it: Spurred by the stock market's wild ride, they lashed out at the world's most populous nation.
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Scott Walker demanded President Barack Obama cancel an upcoming state visit with Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng). Donald Trump said the U.S. needs to "do a big uncoupling pretty soon, before it's too late."
But some experts say that rhetoric doesn't square with the realities of the relationship between the world's two largest economies — even if it makes for nifty campaign sound bites.
Jon Huntsman is a former Republican governor of Utah and U.S. ambassador to China. He says China-bashing is a surefire applause in Republican primaries but unrealistic.