US trade chief Katherine Tai talks China, WTO, and climate in first calls with counterparts




New US Trade Representative Katherine Tai pledged to rebuild alliances and actively engage on international trade on Monday in her first calls as the top US trade negotiator with key partners and the World Trade Organization.

Starting her first full week on the job, Tai told WTO director general Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala that the Biden administration was committed to ensuring widespread access to Covid-19 vaccines, which the new WTO chief has made a priority.

“The two exchanged views on the future of trade and their shared commitment to economic empowerment through a worker-centred trade policy,” USTR said in a statement, adding that they also discussed reform of the organisation and its coming 12th Ministerial Meeting.

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