USTR Tai receives positive reaction for her China strategy

The U.S. Trade Rep is getting positive reaction to her strategy with China.

Ambassador Katherine Tai says that she will hold China accountable for its commitments in the Phase One trade Agreement. Then she will restart the domestic tariff exclusions which limit the effects of some Section 301 tariffs.

She says that they have not generated any strategic benefits but have raised costs on Americans.

Next, Tai will address concerns left out of the Phase One agreement. This includes Beijing’s non-market policies and practices, such as state owned businesses.

Finally, the Trade Rep will consult with U.S. allies who are also being harmed by China.

The National Milk Producers Federation says that dairy farmers applaud the announcement. President and CEO Jim Mulhern says, “To date, China has delivered on the multiple dairy regulatory comments they made in the Phase One agreement, but retaliatory tariffs continue to put a drag on our sales, and our market share in key dairy commodities such as milk powder and cheese lags far behind that of our competitors.”

The U.S. Dairy Export Council adds, “American dairy farmers and manufacturers count on the ability for our products to meet China’s appetite for dairy, yet retaliatory tariffs continue to weigh down our prospects there. Long-term tariff waivers are critical to help unlock more of the potential in that market.”

CEO Krysta Harden says that China needs to boost purchases of U.S. milk powder and cheese, which it is still sourcing from other markets.


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