US files trade case against China at WTO
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US files trade case against China at WTO

New York City : NY : USA | Sep 17, 2012 at 2:22 PM PDT
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As the presidential election approaches nearer in the United States, both Republican and Democrat candidates have also been setting their positions to contest each other. Giving a new turn to the election campaign, Obama administration has filed a lawsuit against China for giving unfair subsidy for export of cars and auto parts. The case has been filed at the World Trade Center. Obama administration may have decided to file a case against China to curb the ever rising unemployment in the country but it is unlikely that it would help Obama in the election campaign. Te cases at World Trade Centre usually take a year and half to be decided and in some cases, they even take more to be decided.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has always been criticizing Obama administration for not taking action against China for the country’s illegal export practices. Mitt Romney even said that unemployment in the US increased due to increasing export of cars and auto parts from China as the local industry was suffering owing to the practice badly. The case against China was filed in Beijing but ours hours after the news went viral, China’s Commerce Ministry announced that it was filing a case against America for committing unfairness in calculating penalty tariffs in anti-subsidy cases. It is being expected that China’s action against the US may be accidental as Chinese officials seldom respond to such matters so quickly.

From the latest move by Obama administration it appears as if the US and its Western allies are willing to take on China for a number of reasons. Te US filed the case against China just eleven days after the European Union agreed to start the world’s largest ever dumping action. Te action would be taken against imports of solar panels from China. Indeed, China is fast becoming an economic giant in Asia and the US and its Western allies cannot tolerate it. Different proposals are being discussed to curb the ever rising exports from China and stop economic growth of the country. On the other hand, President Obama and his Republican rival Mitt Romney are all set to use issues related to China in the election campaign.

While addressing to a crowd in Ohio, President Barack Obama lashed out at Mitt Romney saying he is the person who outsourced jobs to China and is now claiming to produce job opportunities for Americans after coming into power. In the same speech, Obama announced that the US is going to file a lawsuit against China at the World Trade Organization for subsidizing its autos and auto part industries that is harmful to American manufacturers. It may be pertinent to mention ere tat Ohio is famous for being hub of auto parts industries and it employs more than 52,000 people.

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StephenManual is based in New York City, New York, United States of America, and is a Reporter for Allvoices.
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