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Trade Chief Robert Lighthizer Calls on Biden to Maintain Tariffs on China: Report

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Trade Chief Robert Lighthizer Calls on Biden to Maintain Tariffs on China: Report

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U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer has urged the incoming Biden administration to keep tariffs on China while crediting President Donald Trump for taking Beijing to task for its spate of unfair trade practices that disadvantaged America. “We transformed the way people think about trade, and we transformed the way the models are,” Lighthizer told The Wall Street Journal in an interview published on Jan. 11. “My hope is that that will continue.” The Trump administration has imposed unilateral tariffs on $370 billion worth of Chinese goods, citing as motivation various actions on China’s part, including intellectual property theft from U.S. companies, forced technology transfers, unfairly subsidizing Chinese firms, and restricting access to China’s markets. Other moves by Trump include delisting Chinese telecommunications companies on the New York Stock Exchange, blacklisting some Chinese companies—including China’s largest computer chip maker—and banning transactions with Chinese-connected apps. Trump’s tenor on trade helped shift …

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