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The new red scare in politics: China

There's a new red scare spreading across America.

Harnessing unrest over the economy and the nation's world standing, political candidates and campaigns are increasingly pointing to China, using its growing dominance to cast opponents as weak and hostile to domestic jobs.

china.jpgA TV ad from the conservative super PAC Crossroads GPS that started airing this week in Florida and other battleground states blasts President Barack Obama for increasing the national debt and "borrowing billions from China to pay for his spending." An ominous sounding narration is coupled with the image of the Chinese flag.

The approach is tepid compared with what aired in Michigan's heated U.S. Senate race. An ad for a Republican candidate this year showed a Chinese woman riding a bicycle through a rice paddy and speaking in broken English of Democratic incumbent Sen. Debbie Stabenow, "Debbie spend so much American money. You borrow more and more from us. Your economy get very weak. Ours get very good. We take your jobs."

"It's an easy target," said Bonnie Glaser, a senior fellow and China expert with the Center for Strategic and International Studies. "People are nervous about the United States having these economic problems and China looking so strong and powerful. They think China can eat our lunch."

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[Last modified: Saturday, June 9, 2012 2:38pm]


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