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US complains of unfair government aid for Chinese farmers

The Obama administration lodged a complaint Tuesday against China at the World Trade Organization alleging excessive government support for rice, wheat and corn that drives up production and makes it harder for American farmers to export the same crops to China.

The complaint alleges that China's support for those products in 2015 exceeded, by $100 billion, the levels China committed to when joining the WTO. The complaint also comes as the administration has lobbied Congress to approve a trade agreement among 12 Pacific Rim countries called the Trans-Pacific Partnership and gave President Barack Obama another opportunity to warn that failure to pass the agreement would allow...

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