WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) -- The "China bashing" tactic being employed by two U.S. presidential campaigns came under criticism on Wednesday as a major U.S. newspaper warned about the risks of sparking a trade war that will hurt both countries' interest.
In an editorial, The Washington Post decried the "iron law of U. S. politics: You can't go wrong bashing China," as polls show that the U.S. public believes the country is losing jobs due to "unfair economic competition from abroad, especially from China."
President Barack Obama on Monday announced a new trade case at the World Trade Organization (WTO) against China for subsidizing the production of auto parts. The move, called by the Post as "a transparently political use of his incumbency," was mainly aimed at wooing votes from the struggling U.S. manufacturing industry based in some crucial swing states, such as Ohio.
The Obama move was also in response to the criticism from his Republican challenger Mitt Romney, whose campaign has been recently broadcasting a TV ad to accuse Obama of failing to stop " China cheating," referring to Obama's reluctance to name China's as currency manipulator. Romney has vowed to do so on the first day of office if he is elected.
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