• US President Barack Obama said he would step up pressure on China and other countries that unfairly subsidize exports to the United States.
  • Announcing a push to shore up American manufacturing and create jobs, he said he would establish a  new government body dedicated to fighting countries which subsidize exports to the United States.
  • He also pledged more vigilance against imports of counterfeit and unsafe products from abroad. "Tonight, I'm announcing the creation of a Trade Enforcement Unit that will be charged with investigating unfair trade practices in countries like China," he told Congress in his annual State of the Union address.
  • "I will go anywhere in the world to open new markets for American products," he said. "And I will not stand by when our competitors don't play by the rules.  We've brought trade cases against China at nearly twice the rate as the last administration -- and it's made a difference."
  • "It's not right when another country lets our movies, music, and software be pirated. It's not fair when foreign manufacturers have a leg up on ours only because they're heavily subsidized."