Bolton: Time for 2016 contenders to focus on China, North Korea
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Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton hopes 2016 presidential candidates pivot the focus to Asia, including how to respond to Chinese currency manipulation and tensions between North and South Korea.
 
“This is very important,” Bolton told host John Catsimatidis on “The Cats Roundtable” on New York’s AM-970.
 
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“There has been a lot of attention to the Iran nuclear weapons issue, but people should remember that North Korea has detonated three nuclear devises,” Bolton added. “We know they’re a nuclear power.”
 
Delegates from North Korea and South Korea on Saturday renewed high-level discussions after tensions between the two countries threatened to boil over.
 
Bolton also blasted the devaluation of China’s yen, saying the nation has a “real weakness in the economy.”
 
“I think a lot of their statistics are just made up, and I think the collapse in the stock market is an indication of that,” he said.
 
He called for the United States to get more involved, saying China’s desire to be an economic superpower is worrying some of America’s allies in the region.
 
“Asia is going to be increasingly important for America, for our economy, for our political and military well-being as well,” Bolton said.
 
“This is a huge area where the United States has an enormous interest. We have friends like Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore that feel threatened by a rising China. We need to have a debate about how to deal with this, why we need a strong American presence,” he added.
 
“We need to have a debate about how to deal with this. I hope the candidates take it up as time goes on,” Bolton said.