Scott Bixby at The Daily Beast has a great piece out that calls out U.S. Senate candidate, John James (R. MI), for following the GOP playbook to talk tough on China as a way to rile up their base. But of course, like pretty much every GOPer trying to make China an issue, their records and backgrounds stick of hypocrisy:
James currently serves as the president of James Group International, the Detroit-based logistics and supply-chain business founded by his father. He is also the CEO of subsidiary Renaissance Global Logistics, which coordinates shipment of U.S.-made auto parts to assembly plants worldwide. Among Renaissance’s most significant international shipping destinations is Changan Ford Automobile Co., Ltd, a joint venture between the Ford Motor Company and Changan Automobile, a state-owned automaker run under the auspices of numerous top Communist Party officials.
Changan is a subsidiary of the Chinese defense conglomerate China South Industries Group. The group, which manufactures firearms, mobile assault equipment, ammunition and anti-terrorism devices for the People’s Liberation Army, is included on a list maintained by the Defense Department of Chinese companies that operate within the U.S. and have ties to the Chinese military.
Business in mainland China has become increasingly important for automakers in recent years, as the burgeoning Chinese middle class has increased demand in the country. The Chinese market has accounted for 70 percent of the auto industry’s growth worldwide over the past decade, according to McKinsey. That trend has made businesses like Renaissance Global increasingly reliant on the market as well.
Meanwhile, on Team Blue:
Polls continue to indicate former Vice President Joe Biden has a sizable advantage over President Donald Trump in Michigan, with Morning Consult Political Intelligence showing a 10-percentage-point lead for the Democrat.
The Washington, D.C-based pollster, which conducts online surveys, provided the Free Press with a first look at its Michigan poll, which showed Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, leading Trump 52%-42% among likely voters.
Morning Consult's poll also showed U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., with a 49%-35% lead over Republican John James and 12% undecided in Peters' reelection bid. For the poll, the company surveyed 1,300 likely voters between July 17-26. The poll has a margin of error for the total sample of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.
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