President Obama targets China in State of the Union address
January 25, 2012
On Tuesday night, American President Barack Obama gave the annual State of the Union speech, during which he mentioned China numerous times. The focus of Obama's comments on China was entirely on international trade, and he detailed efforts his administration will take to improve trade practices.
"Tonight, I'm announcing the creation of a Trade Enforcement Unit that will be charged with investigating unfair trade practices in countries like China," the President said during the speech. "There will be more inspections to prevent counterfeit or unsafe goods from crossing our borders."
Responses from Chinese officials have been quieter than many expected, according to The New York Times. Shi Yinhong, the director of the Center on American Relations at Renmin University in Beijing explained to the Times that many Chinese officials feel President Obama is not reliable and too susceptible to change. The President's latest move appears to have unnerved Chinese leaders and made his true intentions unclear.