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BEIJING (AP) -- As Beijing launched a case Monday against new U.S. tariffs on Chinese tires, President Barack Obama defended the duties, saying trading agreements must be enforced in order for trading systems to work.
The conflict adds to a series of disputes over poultry, auto parts and other goods that have threatened to strain relations as Beijing and Washington cooperate on complex issues including the economic crisis and North Korea.
It comes as the two world powerhouses prepare for a global economic summit next week.
News of China's filing with the World Trade Organization sent