China calls for end to US tariffs as trade talks resume

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China calls for end to US tariffs as trade talks resume

Chinese trade officials said Saturday that they pushed US Trade Representative Katherine Tai to end Trump-era tariffs in a virtual meeting that marked the end of a standoff between the world’s two largest economies.

A spokesman for Tai characterized the meeting between his boss and Vice Premier Liu He, China’s top trade negotiator, as “a candid exchange.”

Tai “emphasized U.S. concerns relating to its state-led, non-market policies and practices that harm American workers, farmers and businesses,” spokesman Adam Hodge said.

China’s Xinhua state news agency, said Liu “negotiated over the cancellation of tariffs and sanctions, and clarified its position on China’s economic development model and industrial policies” during Friday evening’s talks.

Chinese Vice Premier Liu He
Chinese Vice Premier Liu He is pushing to have the Trump-era tariffs on China lifted.
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The meeting came just days after the Biden administration threatened to use “all available tools” to force China to honor the $200 billion Phase One trade deal that it negotiated with former President Trump.

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