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From 'rigged' to Russia, last debate heated

By Chen Weihua in Washington and Agencies | China Daily USA | Updated: 2016-10-20 11:47
From 'rigged' to Russia, last debate heated

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton took to the stage in Las Vegas on Wednesday evening for their third and final presidential debate.

During the fiery 90-minute debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, moderated by Fox News' Chris Wallace, the two candidates were asked questions on six major topics: immigration, the Supreme Court, the economy, national debt and entitlements, turmoil abroad and fitness for the presidency.

China came up several times.

"One of the biggest problems we have with China is the illegal dumping of steel and aluminum " Clinton said, and accused Trump for using Chinese-made steel in his construction projects, at one point joking that the Las Vegas hotel Trump spent the day in was "paid with Chinese steel".

A Xinhua report on Oct 15 said that China will arrange checks on its coal and steel overcapacity reduction efforts. Details on the lower capacity are being examined and will be released soon, ZhaoChenxin, spokesperson of the National Development and Reform Commission, was quoted in the report.

Clinton also touted her "Women's Rights Are Human Rights" speech that she made at the fourth United Nations Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995.

Many Chinese believe Clinton's words directed at their country were biased. The World Economic Forum index shows that China fares better in the gender gap than countries such as Japan, South Korea, India, India and Saudi Arabia.

Trump said he didn't necessarily believe Russia hacked emails from Clinton's campaign, in a discussion about Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign emails being released by WikiLeaks. Clinton said US intelligence officials believe Russia is behind the hacks.

Trump said "of course" he condemns Russia or any other country interfering in the US elections, but he wouldn't retract his claim about the election being rigged and said he would "look at it at the time" to see what happened on Election Day, Nov 8. He was responding to Wallace's questions about whether he would honor the American tradition of the presidential loser conceding to the president-elect.

The candidates outlined starkly different visions for the Supreme Court under their potential presidencies, with the Republican declaring the Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion would be overturned by his judicial nominees.

Clinton vowed to appoint justices who would uphold the ruling legalizing abortion, saying, "We have come too far to have that turned back now."

Trump pressed Clinton on immigration, accusing her of wanting an "open borders" policy, a characterization she vigorously disputes.

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