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U.S. trade chief: Biden will build on Trump-era tariffs to confront China

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PITTSBURGH — U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai said in an interview on Thursday that the Biden administration plans to “build on” existing tariffs on billions of dollars in Chinese imports and confront Beijing for failing to fulfill its obligations under a Trump-brokered trade agreement.

Her remarks come as the Biden administration enters a critical period in its fraught economic relationship with Beijing. President Joe Biden must soon chart a new course on trade with China as business groups in the U.S. push for tariff relief and that Phase One deal is set to expire.

“I think it’s going to be important to review China's performance with China, and that's going to be the critical first step in my mind,” Tai said of the two-year deal.

Tai’s office later announced that she will deliver a speech Monday on the administration’s approach to trade with China at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

Her office has been conducting a “top-to-bottom” review of U.S. trade policy toward China since her confirmation in March. She said during the interview that the review would be completed “very soon” but would not specify when.

The administration has spent its first eight months rallying key trading partners — including the European Union, Australia and Japan — to join together to confront Beijing’s economic........

© Politico

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