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Biden administration seeks to maintain Trump-era tariffs on Chinese imports: USTR Updated: 2021-10-05 13:39:37 KST

The Biden administration has been making clean breaks with the policies of the former administration in many areas, but not when it comes to trade with China.
While the U.S. plans to initiate fresh trade talks with Beijing, it will maintain tariffs on Chinese imports as it presses Beijing to fulfill its pledges to buy more American goods and services.
President Biden's China trade policies were revealed for the first time Monday during a speech by U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

"But above all else we must defend to-the-hilt our economic interests. And, that means taking all steps necessary to protect ourselves against the waves of damage inflicted over the years through unfair competition. We need to be prepared to deploy all tools and explore the development of new ones, including through collaboration with other economies and countries."

She also stressed that Washington will address Beijing's failure to keep its promises under a Phase one trade deal that was inked last year during President Trump's term in office.
However, Tai explained the U.S. will not purse Phase two negotiations over China's state subsidies and other structural issues.

"I think that we are going to have, and intend to have to have, really honest conversations with China about all of the elements of the Phase 1 agreement. These are commitments that China made. They are commitments that our businesses, and workers in certain sectors, have looked to. And, we will have to address where this relationship goes from this starting point."

The Biden administration has spent months reviewing its China trade policy, including the tariffs levied by the former Trump administration on some 370 billion U.S. dollars-worth of Chinese imports.
The imports in question range from electronics and furniture to items that are part of the supply chain for many U.S. manufacturers.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.
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