President Barack Obama announced a new trade action against China during a Cincinnati campaign stop in Eden Park Sept. 17, where he also took the opportunity to attack Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
The U.S. filed the case at the World Trade Organization claiming that China offers “extensive subsidies” to native automakers and auto-parts producers.
The Chinese government filed its own complaint before the WTO on Monday, challenging tariffs the U.S. imposes on Chinese products ranging from steel to tires. The tariffs are meant to protect American manufacturers against what the U.S. government claims are unfair trade practices by China.
action is) against illegal subsidies that encourage companies to ship auto part manufacturing jobs overseas,” Obama said before an estimated crowd of 4,500. “These are subsidies that directly harm working men and women on the assembly lines in Ohio and Michigan and across the Midwest.”
Obama went on to accuse Romney of making his fortune in part by uprooting American jobs and shipping them to China.
The Romney campaign countered with an email after the rally, saying that Obama’s economic policies were hurting the private sector and harming manufacturing.
Before the rally several Ohio Republicans held a news conference near Eden Park, where they focused on the deficit. U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot criticized Obama’s budget negotiations with the House of Representatives.
Chabot also attacked Obama on foreign policy, claiming the president has left Israel hanging in the Middle East and is not serious with Iran, who he says is on the brink of getting nuclear weapons.
Monday’s visit to Cincinnati was Obama’s second of this campaign and his 12th trip to Ohio this year. Romney has visited the state 18 times during his campaign.