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Obama urged to make another protectionist move against China


13:15, February 01, 2012

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown and the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) Tuesday pushed President Barack Obama to take action against imported auto parts from China, signaling another wave of U.S. protectionism against the country.

The move came a week after Obama announced in his State of the Union address he was creating a trade enforcement unit to bring cases against countries like China.

The 2008 financial meltdown and subsequent global economic recession have hit the U.S. economy badly, leading to a near two-digit unemployment rate, almost stalling economic growth and sparking a new wave of protectionism.

Observers see trade protectionism as a short-sighted approach, while some U.S. officials believe a deeper trade integration into other regions could help the United States create more jobs and improve its competitiveness.

Trade tensions with China are a particularly sensitive issue as the United States is trying to boost its exports to revitalize a flagging economy and cut unemployment.

AAM President Scott Paul said the Obama administration may bring its case before the World Trade Organization and launch a U.S. Commerce Department investigation leading to anti-dumping and countervailing duties on China-made auto parts.

For its part, the Chinese government has repeatedly urged the United States to abide by its commitment against protectionism and maintain a free, open and just international trade environment.


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