U.S. to File Trade Complaint against China

Complaint charges China with illegally subsidizing auto and auto-part exports.

The Obama administration will announce a trade complaint against China today as President Barack Obama campaigns in Ohio, alleging impermissible subsidies of auto and auto-parts exports that encourage outsourcing to China from the U.S., an administration official said.

Obama and Republican Mitt Romney have been trading accusations over China in the closing weeks of the presidential campaign. Obama is expected to defend his record on U.S. jobs and China policy during stops in Cincinnati and Columbus today.

Auto Bailout

Obama also has said on the campaign trail that his taxpayer rescue of the auto industry in 2009 helped save jobs in states including Ohio, while Romney opposed the U.S. taxpayer bailout.

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