Obama announcing China trade complaint on Ohio swing

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The repeated clashes have led some analysts to predict that the two countries are headed for a trade war. Advocates for the U.S. manufacturing industry applauded the Obama administration’s tough moves against China, noting that Chinese auto parts are surging into America while less than 1 percent of the estimated 18 million vehicles sold in China last year were made in United States.

“This administration has a stellar record on enforcing America’s trade laws and has not hesitated to take action to defend American workers — today’s announcement is further proof of that. But, there is more work to do,” said Scott Paul, executive director of the Alliance for American Manufacturing. “…Unless strong steps are taken now to also defend American auto parts jobs, the efforts of the auto companies, unions and the administration to revitalize the American auto sector could be washed away in a matter of a few years.”

But the Romney campaign argued that Mr. Obama has failed to get tough on China’s trade practices, and specifically, has refused to accuse China of manipulating currency.

“On issues important to the people of Ohio, President Obama has utterly failed to deliver,” Romney spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg said in a statement, citing the loss of more than half a million manufacturing jobs since Vice President Joseph R. Biden’s 2008 campaign trip to the same Ohio town.

“Four years ago, Vice President Biden came to Maumee to decry the national debt, which was then $8 trillion,” she said. “Today, the Obama-Biden administration has presided over an unprecedented explosion in our national debt, which is now approaching $16 trillion. Meanwhile, America has lost over half a million manufacturing jobs since President Obama took office, and he has broken his campaign promise to get tough on China’s trade practices.”

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