USTR’s Tai says U.S. backs Australia in trade disputes with China

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WASHINGTON — The United States is “closely monitoring” trade tensions between Australia and China and will support Australia in addressing China’s state-led, non-market practices, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai told her Australian counterpart on Wednesday.

USTR said in a statement following Tai’s meeting with Australian Trade Minister Dan Tehan that the two ministers agreed to continue working to develop a digital trade policy that addresses the needs of workers and recognizes “the importance of collaboration among those with open, free, democratic systems.” (Reporting by David Lawder Editing by Chris Reese)