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U.S. trade head calls for new thinking on global challenges

Katherine Tai makes comment while launching APEC trade minister meeting

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai on May 25 called for APEC ministers to work on reforms to the World Trade Organization.   © Reuters

DETROIT, U.S. (Reuters) -- U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai on Thursday called on Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) trade ministers to "think creatively" for solutions to overcome a host of challenges such as fragile supply chains, a worsening climate crisis and growing inequality.

Launching a two-day meeting of the ministers under a cloud of U.S.-China tensions in Detroit, a city that has experienced the negative impact of "aggressive" trade liberalization, she urged them to build on recent World Trade Organization agreements to better serve workers and build trade more sustainably.

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