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Obama brings new trade case against China for re-election (2)

By Wu Chengliang (People's Daily Overseas Edition)

16:48, March 15, 2012

The move appears to be part of a broader effort by Obama to toughen his stance on trade with China as he seeks re-election in November, according to a Reuters report. He used an executive order last month to create a new inter-agency trade enforcement unit, which is expected to be up and running in the coming months, with China as its primary target.

The Wall Street Journal said in a commentary that the case can be seen as part of the Obama administration’s stepped-up enforcement of trade rules and business practices in China. During his meeting with visiting Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, Obama said that the United States welcomes China’s economic growth, but China needs to adhere to international economic and business standards.

According to the Associated Press, China has 10 days to respond, and must hold talks with the United States, European Union, and Japan within 60 days under the terms of the WTO complaint. If an agreement cannot be reached within that time frame, the United States and its partners could request a formal WTO panel to investigate Chinese practices.

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