OVER ON Foreign Policy, Josh Rogin was the first to report this story.
“By any standard, the U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s China policy, as outlined on his official campaign website, is an outdated manifestation of a Cold War mentality,” read a commentary in Monday’s China Daily. “It endorses the ‘China threat’ theory and focuses on containing China’s rise in the Asia-Pacific through bolstering the robust U.S. military presence in the region.”
The Chinese state-owned outlet said that Romney was “provoking” China by promising to supply Taiwan with aircraft and other military platforms and called his China approach “pugnacious.”
[...] Compared to the “strategic pivot” policies US President Barack Obama is implementing in the region, Romney’s recommendations are more pugnacious. He insists the US and its allies “must maintain appropriate military capabilities to discourage any aggressive or coercive behavior by China against its neighbors”.
Rogin reminds what Romney has promised to do on day one.
As for Romney, he has promised to brand China a currency manipulator on day one of his presidency and the RNC draft platform posted by Politico calls on China to move toward democracy and condemns its South China Sea claims.
“We will welcome the emergence of a peaceful and prosperous China, and we will welcome even more the development of a democratic China,” the draft platform reads. “Its rulers have discovered that economic freedom leads to national wealth. The next lesson is that political and religious freedom lead to national greatness. The exposure of the Chinese people to our way of life can be the greatest force for change in their country.”