day after losing Wisconsin, White House hopeful Hillary Clinton
unleashed a blistering critique of China while campaigning Wednesday in
blue-collar Pennsylvania, warning the Asian giant must "toe the line" if
she becomes president.
The eastern US state, where organized labor is an influential force,
hosts its presidential primaries on April 26.
"China illegally dumps cheap products in our markets, steals our trade
secrets, plays games with their currency, gives unfair advantages to
state-owned-enterprises and discriminates against American companies,"
Her rival for the Democratic nomination, Senator Bernie Sanders,
addresses the gathering Thursday.
Clinton, seeking to regain her footing in the nomination race after
losing six of the last seven state contests, pointed to her experience
as secretary of state as a measure of her ability to influence Beijing.
"I know how they operate, and they know if I’m president, they’re going
to have to toe the line, because we’re going to once and for all get
fair treatment, or they’re not going to get access to our markets."
But she will need to reassure workers who have criticized her late
opposition to the trans-Pacific trade deal recently signed by President
Barack Obama. Sanders has steadfastly opposed the agreement from Day
"My message to every worker in Pennsylvania, every worker across America
is this: I will stand with you, I will have your back and I will stop
dead in its tracks any trade deal that hurts America," Clinton said.