U.S., U.K. Trade Chiefs Speak, Seek Cooperation to Address China’s Unfair Trade Practices

Dyche, then U.S. Trade Representative-designate, testifies before the Senate Finance Committee at his nomination confirmation hearing. (Feb. 25, 2021)

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai discussed her deliberations on the free trade negotiations that have unfolded under the Trump administration and agreed to work together to address unfair trade practices by non-market economies like China during a video meeting with British International Trade Secretary Liz Truss on Monday (March 22).

In a statement, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said Ambassador Dyche and U.K. International Trade Secretary Stephen Truss discussed the special relationship between the U.S. and Britain and the strong bilateral trade relationship, and agreed to work together on a number of key issues, including how to deal with China’s unfair trade practices.

“They agreed to constructively address the unfair trade practices of non-market economies like China. The two sides also agreed to work together on a number of key issues, including ending the new crown Epidemic, resolving disputes over subsidies for large civilian aircraft, WTO reform, climate change, forced labor and supporting worker-centric trade policies,” the statement said.

The U.S. Trade Representative’s office said Dyche discussed with her British counterpart her deliberations on the U.S.-U.K. free trade agreement negotiations still underway. The two sides will continue discussions in this regard on the sidelines of the G-7 trade ministers’ meeting.

U.K. International Trade Secretary David Truss arrives at the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London to prepare for the Cabinet meeting venue. (Sept. 22, 2020)

A British statement said the U.K. and U.S. are determined to work together at the G-7 and the World Trade Organization to address issues of mutual concern, including serious problems such as forced labor.

London has repeatedly condemned the way the Chinese government treats ethnic minorities such as the Uighurs in Xinjiang, including forced labor.

The United States has sanctioned a number of Chinese officials responsible for Xinjiang issues and banned all cotton and tomato products produced by companies and entities in Xinjiang from entering the country. The U.S. government has characterized the Chinese government’s repressive measures in Xinjiang as genocide.

Just Monday, the United States, the European Union and the United Kingdom announced sanctions against a number of Chinese officials accused of trampling on Uighur rights.