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Saturday 24 June 2017

Trump plays Beijing card in election race

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally held in Ladd-Peebles stadium in Mobile, Alabama August 21, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Brantley
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally held in Ladd-Peebles stadium in Mobile, Alabama August 21, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Brantley

Lisa Lambert

As China's stock-market plunge spread to the United States, presidential candidates yesterday laid on blame and pushed their policy ideas from the sidelines, with Republican Donald Trump saying he had warned about US exposure to China.

"I've been talking about China for years. Because China's going bad it's going to bring us down, too, because we're so heavily coupled with China," real-estate mogul Trump, inset, told Fox News. "I'm the one that says you better start un-coupling from China because China's got problems."

Mr Trump also pointed a finger at hedge funds and said that if he were elected president in 2016 he would raise taxes on the wealthy and specifically target those working in high-stakes finance.

The rhetoric was reminiscent of the final months of the 2008 presidential election, when Republican nominee John McCain suspended his campaign in reaction to the massive financial crisis. (Reuters)

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