Romney vows tough stance on China trade

WASHINGTON Thu Jul 28, 2011 10:03am EDT

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney talks during a campaign stop in Los Angeles, California July 20, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney talks during a campaign stop in Los Angeles, California July 20, 2011.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney said on Wednesday Chinese businesses were the "worst offenders" of global trade rules as his campaign vowed he would "get tough" with China if he wins in 2012.

Romney's campaign took aim at President Barack Obama's China trade policies, saying the Democrat had not followed through on a pledge to take Beijing "to the mat" over unfair trade practices and currency manipulation.

"We will crack down on cheaters like China and protect the intellectual property and the jobs of American workers, and American enterprises. And I will do that if I am president," Romney said at a campaign stop in Pataskala, Ohio.

Romney, in comments confirmed by a campaign spokeswoman, said Chinese businesses were the world's "worst offenders" when it came to following trade rules.

In an e-mail to supporters, Romney's campaign policy director suggested Obama's policies had not persuaded China to abandon trade practices that give Chinese companies an unfair advantage.

"They steal our technology, manipulate their currency, and put up barriers that prevent us from competing," Lanhee Chen wrote.

Chen wrote that would not be tolerated if Romney became president. "He will get tough with China."

(Reporting by JoAnne Allen; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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Comments (3)
Mott wrote:
Short of imposing 15-18% of value-added-tax, this tough talk does nothing other than serving as promise by another campaign candidate trying to get elected. The former will insure job return to US over time though at the expense of VAT – but will sustain the future of this and next generation.

Cheap goods if any brought misery in the form of – every 10 families buying these cheap goods resulted in loss of one families job and over 10 years, have robbed the jobs of many.

See if you can change your promise to VAT and you’ll have my vote.

Jul 27, 2011 11:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
fromthecenter wrote:
ya sure you are mitten. What u gonna do, go over there and fire all their workers?

Jul 28, 2011 10:09am EDT  --  Report as abuse
diluded0000 wrote:
A sensible reform I would like to see is in product packaging: any item that implies it is made in the USA, either by the use graphics resembling the American flag, or the name of a US city, state, or region, should have to display the country of origin in the same typeface. Georgia Boots Made in China, not Georgia Boots with (made in china) in small print squashed between the tongue and laces where you can’t see it. Same for Pittsburgh tools, US General products, Appalachian knives, Carolina shoe, and a whole litany of other deceptively packaged products.

Jul 28, 2011 12:23pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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