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US-China tensions

USTR Tai calls U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods 'significant' leverage

Representative says removing them would likely have a limited effect on inflation

"We need to be keeping our eye on the ball on this bigger picture," U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai said in testimony before a U.S. Senate Appropriations subcommittee.   © AP

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai on Wednesday said that she views tariffs on Chinese goods as "a significant piece of leverage" in the U.S.-China trade relationship and removing them would likely have a limited effect on controlling short-term inflation.

In testimony before a U.S. Senate Appropriations subcommittee, Tai said that it was important to focus on protecting American trade interests against China's plans to dominate important industries such as semiconductors.

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