Little more than a year after President Obama was hosted in China by his counterpart, Xi Jingping, the time has come for the US to reciprocate. But one Republican presidential candidate took to Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor" last night to say he's not loving the idea and said the Chinese leader would get little more than some fast-food so that they can get down to business.
"I would not be throwing him a dinner. I would get him a McDonald's hamburger and say we've got to get down to work because you can't continue to devalue," said Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump.
As China experiences its biggest stock market rout since 1996, Trump issued a call for "a big uncoupling" of the US and Chinese economies. "They want our people to starve -- they're taking our business away," Trump said. "They've taken our jobs away".
China's central bank cut interest rates today just hours after the market closed and reduced the sum of cash that banks must set aside.
Wisconsin Governor and Republican leadership candidate Scott Walker also called for Obama to cancel President Xi Jinping's September state visit after US stocks fell yesterday amid jitters on China's economic slowdown. "Given China's massive cyberattacks against America, its militarization of the South China Sea, continued state interference with its economy, and persistent persecution of Christians and human rights activists, President Obama needs to cancel the state visit," Walker said.
"There's serious work to be done rather than pomp and circumstance. We need to see some backbone from President Obama on US-China relations."
Chinese authorities are yet to respond to the remarks.