Shipping containers stand in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach

White House sees China as trump card in trade debate

Shipping containers stand in the ports of Los Angeles and Long BeachBy Jason Lange WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration is confident lawmakers will warm up to a proposed Pacific free trade deal on the grounds it is a chance for the United States, rather than China, to dictate the rules of Asian trade, a top official said on Thursday. “It’s a choice between us writing it and, frankly, China writing it, which I think is very compelling to many members of Congress,” Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews said during a call to announce more support for rural exporters, such as by promoting more trade shows and workshops. The White House is lobbying hard to win support for trade in Congress, particularly among Democrats worried about the impact of trade deals on U.S. jobs.

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