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US News US Secretary of Commerce-designate announces tough course towards China

14:10  27 january  2021
14:10  27 january  2021 Source:   dw.com

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Trade Minister Gina Raimondo, nominated by the new US President Joe Biden, has announced tough course towards China. If she is confirmed as minister by the Senate, she will "be very aggressive to help Americans defend themselves against China's unfair practices," Raimondo said at a hearing in the Congress Chamber on Tuesday.

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It certified China as having "anti-competitive behavior" that harms workers and companies in the USA. Raimondo accused China, among other things, of dumping prices for steel and aluminum. The incumbent governor of the state of Rhode Island emphasized that she supported Biden's stance to collude with US allies in order to restore fair trade relations with China.

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Raimondo did not decide whether the Chinese telecommunications company Huawei should remain on a blacklist in their opinion. She only promised to use the powers of the Department of Commerce to "protect the Americans and our networks from Chinese interference". This applies to Huawei, ZTE and every other Chinese company.

The government of ex-President Donald Trump had accused Huawei of being too close to the authorities in Beijing and therefore excluded the group from setting up the 5G mobile networks in the USA.

Relations between China and the US have been strained by a variety of conflict issues during Trump's four-year tenure. In addition to trade policy, this included different views on the origin of the corona pandemic, the massive Chinese interference in Hong Kong's autonomous status and Beijing's claims to territory in the South China Sea.

China called for a restart of bilateral relations after Biden took office. On Wednesday, Beijing urged the US to "correct its mistakes". A State Department spokesman accused Biden's predecessor, Trump, of betting on "protectionism and intimidation" and starting a "trade war" against China. China will continue to "take the necessary measures to protect the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese companies," said the ministry spokesman.

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