President Obama on Monday announced that his administration would file a lawsuit against China at the World Trade Organization, charging the Chinese government with supporting the country's auto industry in a way that violates the tenets of free trade and hurts American auto manufacturers. Obama's move was widely seen as a political maneuver to box out Mitt Romney, who has accused the White House of being soft on China. "My opponent has been running around Ohio claiming he's going to roll up his sleeves and he's going take the fight to China," Obama said at a campaign rally in Cincinnati. "Here's the thing: His experience has been owning companies that were called pioneers in the business of outsourcing jobs to countries like China."
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