Tuesday, October 5, 2010

China 'plotting to take over US'

WASHINGTON - REPUBLICAN Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell said in a 2006 debate that China was plotting to take over the United States and claimed to have classified information about the country that she could not divulge.

Ms O'Donnell's comments came as she and two other Republican candidates debated US policy on China during the state of Delaware's 2006 Senate primary election, which Ms O'Donnell ultimately lost.

Ms O'Donnell rode the backing of the ultraconservative tea party movement to a surprise victory in Delaware's Senate primary last month. Her win over longtime Republican officeholder Michael Castle turned her from a political footnote into a national figure whose words drew interest outside of her tiny state.

In the 2006 debate, she said China had a 'carefully thought out and strategic plan to take over America' and accused one opponent of appeasement for suggesting that the two countries were economically dependent and should find a way to be allies.

'That doesn't work,' she said. 'There's much I want to say. I wish I wasn't privy to some of the classified information that I am privy to.' 'A country that forces women to have abortions and mandates that you can only have one child and will not allow you the freedom to read the Bible, you think they can be our friend?' she asked.

'We have to look at our history and realise that if they pretend to be our friend it's because they've got something up their sleeve.' When her opponent challenged her claim about having secret information, Ms O'Donnell suggested she had received it through nonprofit groups she worked with that frequently sent missionaries there. Ms O'Donnell's campaign did not immediately respond to questions about the comments. -- AP

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