Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley shared her vision to confront China on the domestic, economic, and military fronts while speaking at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) on Tuesday morning in Washington, DC.
Haley, the former governor of South Carolina and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations during the Trump administration, was critical of America’s approach to China in recent decades in her 30-minute-long speech.
Haley suggested allowing China into the World Trade Organization in 2001 was a mistake, noting the presumption that China would become more like the West “proved disastrously false.”
“Our thinking neglected the role of communist ideology,” she said. “The Chinese Communist Party [CCP] didn’t want to be like us. It still doesn’t. China grew stronger by taking advantage of our open markets, but it also grew less free.”