Despite the heated rhetoric, an examination of the record of the two candidates shows both are centrists on trade with a reluctance to dramatically change the trajectory of U.S.-China relations.

Obama has talked tough on China before, but his record in office does not impress advocates of a crackdown. [...] 

Romney’s relationship with China is complicated. But it is perhaps brought in to sharpest relief by looking back to 1998 when several Bain Capital entities under Romney’s control made a passive investment in a Chinese manufacturing firm, Global Tech Appliances Inc.

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