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Walker and Rubio bash China in dueling speeches

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker wants President Barack Obama to cancel Chinese president Xi Jinping's upcoming state visit. Stealing some of his thunder, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio swooped in and countered that it should be downgraded to a regular working visit. Welcome to the summer of China-bashing, brought to you by Donald Trump's surge to the top of the Republican presidential field and also by a Chinese economic slump that has caused tremendous anxiety in U.S. markets. In competing op-eds and speeches Friday in Charleston, S.C., both called for a more confrontational posture with China. Both argued that denying China a state visit would show "strength" in the face of the...