President Bush is considering attaching conditions to renewed trade preferences for China as lawmakers prepare to re-open the battle over that country's human rights record, the White House said today.

Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell introduced a bill Thursday that would make the extension if Bush certifies in six months that China has released all political prisoners and has quit violating international human rights, trade and arms control standards."They have not stopped using torture, detention without charge and forced labor," said Mitchell, D-Maine, accusing Bush of have a double standard - "one for other nations and another for China" on human rights and trade.

"They know they can do anything they want and the president will not do anything about it," Mitchell said after Bush told lawmakers he favors continuing most-favored-nation status for China.