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U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai on Friday raised concerns over China’s economic practices in a meeting with Commerce Minister Wang Wentao in Detroit, USTR said.

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DETROIT – U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai put labor concerns front and center in an event ahead of an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation trade ministerial on Thursday, calling on her counterparts to do the same in their discussions about trade policy.

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai on Thursday opened the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation trade ministerial in Detroit by welcoming her counterparts to a city she said “has become synonymous with rebirth, revitalization, and dynamic innovation,” tying into her belief that U.S. trade policy must put workers at its core.

To facilitate future decision-making, the World Trade Organization should convene a vice-ministerial or senior officials’ meeting ahead of a ministerial conference and revamp the General Council agenda to prioritize new proposals that require member decisions, China says in a new WTO submission.

China’s decision to ban the use of Micron products in the country’s critical information infrastructure is “a troubling use of economic coercion against the U.S.,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said on Tuesday.

Beijing has taken issue with a new G7 leaders’ communiqué that calls out Chinese economic coercion, non-market policies and practices, forced labor in Xinjiang and a host of other issues.

Former U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, appearing last week before the House Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party, provided a deep-dive analysis of what he thinks is wrong with U.S. trade policy toward China, culminating in an eight-pronged recipe for repositioning U.S. strategies.

The first agreement under the U.S.-Taiwan Initiative for 21st-Century Trade is an important “building block” toward a future free trade agreement, the Taiwanese government said on Friday, calling it the “most comprehensive” deal agreed between the two trading partners since the 1970s.