US trade pick Tai defends use of tariffs

Washington (AFP) – US Trade Representative nominee Katherine Tai on Thursday defended the use of tariffs as a valid negotiating tool and vowed to strictly enforce existing trade agreements, including with China.  She also stressed that she would aim to repair trade relations with American allies which suffered under the “America First” hardline policies of former president Donald Trump. “Tariffs are a very important part of our fair trade remedies toolbox,” Tai told the Senate Finance Committee during her nomination hearing, signaling the new US team had no plans for an about-face from the Tru…

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