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Biden’s Trade Chief Tasked With Reset After Trump Tariff Chaos

Feb. 23, 2021, 4:57 PM

Weeks before the White House said it would keep tariffs in place on more than $350 billion in Chinese goods, Katherine Tai previewed the bad news to a group of U.S. business leaders.

Tai, who is President Joe Biden’s pick for U.S. Trade Representative, told executives at a private meeting hosted by the Business Roundtable last month that lobbying for the duties to be removed wouldn’t work, according to people familiar with her remarks. Instead, companies keen to keep the so-called phase one trade deal -- struck by the Trump administration and Beijing -- should be prepared to live ...