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U.S. Ambassador Katherine Tai Outlines New Approach to the U.S.-China Trade Relationship

WASHINGTON – United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai today delivered remarks at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) outlining the Biden-Harris Administration's new approach to the U.S.-China bilateral trade relationship. In her remarks, Ambassador Tai explained the importance of realigning our trade policies towards China in order to defend the interests of America's workers, businesses, farmers, and producers, and to strengthen our middle class. Here is what they are saying about Ambassador Tai's speech:...................... Chairman Richard E. Neal (MA-01), U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee: "This morning, Ambassador Tai laid out a clear, comprehensive strategy for the U.S. – China trade relationship in a manner that supports U.S. workers while growing and strengthening the U.S. economy...I welcome the strategy Ambassador Tai outlined today and look forward to working with USTR and President Biden to implement this smart, pro-America vision." [Statement, 10/04/21]................. United Steelworkers International President Tom Conway: "The USW welcomes the Biden administration’s plan for addressing our nation’s trade relationship with China. U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai made clear in her remarks today that we must have a steady approach to confronting the Chinese government’s predatory and protectionist policies rather than the often erratic and limited approach of the Trump administration." [Statement, 10/4/21]................... International Brotherhood of Teamsters President Jim Hoffa: “Ambassador Tai’s speech outlining this Administration’s China trade policy was worth the wait. As the only labor representative on her Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations, I especially commend the overdue ‘worker-centric’ bottom-line in the holistic and pragmatic approach she described this morning. The Ambassador should expect and enjoy bipartisan support in the Congress and among the larger fair trade networks of family farmers and working families as she prepares for the upcoming frank conversations with the Chinese regime.” [Statement, 10/04/21]................... Washington Post: White House calls for ‘new course’ on China trade ties [David Lynch, 10/04/21] Appearing at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Tai said China’s growth was coming “at the expense of workers and economic opportunity here in the U.S. and other market-based, democratic economies.” She sketched a pattern of Chinese market-distorting behavior, beginning with China’s 2001 entry into the WTO, which enabled it to dominate global markets in steel and solar panels and threaten to do the same in advanced technology industries such as semiconductors.

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