奥巴马表示，中国既是对手，也是潜在的国际伙伴。他说，在他担任总统期间，美国政府提出针对中国的贸易诉讼案，比前总统小布什(George Bush Jr.)两个任期都多。奥巴马指责罗姆尼经营私营公司时，使就业机会流向中国。对中国的崛起，奥巴马强调美国要保持自己的优势。奥巴马说，中国对美国而言，是比伊拉克(Iraq)和阿富汗(Afghanistan)更为重要的区域。美国需要通过一些政策帮助中国遵守国际原则。
The last debate prior to the 2012 US presidential elections was held on October 22. China's abrupt rise was a focal point in this last debate. Both candidates criticized China for "eroding job positions in the US", but at the same time they said that China is not a threat to the US and can rather become its international alley.
Romney said that China is a large base of production and China's sole interest is developing its own strength, while it does not wish to expand externally. Whether or not the US could remain powerful lies principally on its own strength. The US wants to become China's collaborator. Romney said that he by no means wishes to initiate a trade war with China, but rather wants to strengthen the trade cooperation between the two nations. He also criticized Obama for not preventing China from 'stealing' intellectual property rights from the US.
Obama said that since China is an opponent it is also a latent international partner. He said that during his time in office, US government has put forward many lawsuits against China's trade, much more than in the two terms of president Bush. Obama criticized Romney that during the time when he managed his private businesses he was responsible for shifting job positions to China. Concerning China's abrupt rise, Obama emphasized that the US will maintain its superiority. He said that China is a more important region for the US than Iraq or Afghanistan. Through some policies, the US will make China respect international principles.
Original article published by 中国常州网
 总统大选 zǒngtǒng dàxuǎn - presidential elections
 辩论 biànlùn - debate
 崛起 juéqǐ - abrupt rise
 候选人 hòuxuǎnrén - candidates
 流失 liúshī - drift away, erode
 国际伙伴 guójì huǒbàn - international alley
 生产基地 shēngchǎn jīdì - site of production
 扩张 kuòzhāng - expand
 贸易战 màoyì zhàn - war of trade
偷窃 tōuqiè - steal
知识产权 zhīshichǎnquán - intellectual property rights
 对手 duìshǒu - opponent
 潜在qiánzài - latent
 担任 dānrèn - assume office, term in office
 贸易诉讼案 màoyì sùsòng àn - trade lawsuit
 优势 yōushì - superiority