Policy is a major part of any presidential campaign. International policy itself can be rather difficult to follow due to its complexity.
Typically, candidates seeking the presidency include a policy concerning China.
During a recent town hall in Manchester, Iowa, Florida Republican and presidential candidate Marco Rubio discussed China and how he would proceed on a policy front.
One of the items concerning him most includes the claim that China is “practicing how to blow up our satellites.”
PolitiFact Florida heard the claim and gave it a TRUE rating on their Truth-O-Meter.
PolitiFact Wrtier Joshua Gillin said China managed to destroy a Chinese satellite as part of a test in 2007. Their attempts to better that technology continues today, but Gillin points out they’re not the only one trying to develop the technology.
“You have to keep in mind, the United States does the same thing,” Gillin said. “As a matter of fact, a year after the weather satellite China blew up, the United States did the same kind of thing.”
Gillin went on to say China is behind both the United States and Russia in terms of this technology.
SOURCES: Rubio says China trying to destroy U.S. satellites
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