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US-China tensions

Trump falls short on China trade goals, but Biden unlikely to make radical shift

China purchases only 60% of US goods pledged in year-old 'phase one' agreement

Chinese Vice Premier Liu He and U.S. President Donald Trump shake hands at the signing of the "phase one" trade agreement at the White House in January 2020.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON/BEIJING -- It was one of President Donald Trump's signature goals: rebalancing U.S.-China trade. And Trump fell short of his ambitions. But President-elect Joe Biden's trade policy focused on the middle class is not likely to mark a change of course, at least at first.

China has bought less than 60% of the additional American imports it had promised to in the year-old "phase one" trade deal, putting additional pressure on the Biden administration to rethink Trump-era trade policy.

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