Obama to launch auto trade case against China - official

WASHINGTON, Sept 16 Sun Sep 16, 2012 10:41pm EDT

WASHINGTON, Sept 16 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will launch a trade complaint against China over unfair government backing of its auto industry, a White House official said on Sunday.

Obama will announce on Monday that he is initiating a case against China at the World Trade Organization over allegedly illegal subsidies for automobiles and auto parts during a campaign tour of Ohio, the official said.

Ohio relies heavily on the auto industry and is a politically important swing state.

Obama has said Beijing is abusing trade laws by imposing more than $3 billion in duties on U.S. auto exports.

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