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International relations

Biden pushes trade to back burner while tackling domestic crises

US goes into holding pattern on TPP as China elevates global trade presence

President Joe Biden speaks about his administration's plans to respond to the economic crisis, in the State Dining Room at the White House.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- Boris Johnson was eager to make a deal.

The British prime minister held his first official phone call with President Joe Biden on Saturday, telling the new U.S. leader that he wanted to conclude a trade pact as quickly as possible, a prime concern in the wake of Brexit.

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