U.S. trade rep: 'Phase 1' deal did not address China's 'harmful' practices

Remarking on the "Phase One" trade deal reached between Washington and Beijing early in 2020, Tai said, "the reality is, this agreement did not fundamentally address the concerns that we have with China's trade practices and their harmful impacts on the U.S. economy."

"China's government continues to pour billions of dollars into targeted industries and continues to shape its economy to the will of the state, hurting the interests of workers here in the U.S.," she said.

Tai on Monday pledged to begin unwinding some tariffs imposed by former President Donald Trump on goods from China while pressing Beijing in "frank" talks in coming days over its failure to keep promises made in the Trump trade deal and end harmful industrial policies.

"Our objective is not to inflame trade tensions with China," she said.

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