US trade chief charts course on China

The top US trade negotiator accused Chinese leaders on Monday of failing to live up to their commitments. Trade Representative Katherine Tai said she plans to hold "frank conversations" with officials in Beijing.

Tai laid out a roadmap for reengagement in a speech at a Washington think tank. She said US officials would use their full range of tools to defend American interests from "harmful policies and practices."

Chinese leaders agreed to a trade deal last year with the Trump administration. They committed to buying at least 200 billion dollars more in US goods and services by the end of this year. Tai said their purchases have fallen short.

Tai said the Chinese use excessive subsidies to prop up their own industries. She said US officials would take all steps necessary to defend American workers.

The Biden administration is maintaining tariffs of up to 25 percent on Chinese imports. US businesses can ask for exemptions if they cannot find domestic alternatives to the goods they want to bring in.