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In a Senate confirmation hearing, President Biden’s nominee to run the Commerce Department said she plans to be “very aggressive” in combating China’s “unfair” trade practices, but she declined to detail how she would handle issues such as Chinese tech giant Huawei or the steel and aluminum tariffs imposed under President Donald Trump.
Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo also pledged to help the U.S. economy recover from the pandemic, to expand broadband access to regions with patchy Internet connections, and to promote manufacturing and clean-energy jobs.
On China, she said the United States needs to develop a “whole-of-government response,” in coordination with U.S. allies, to combat unfair trade practices, which U.S. officials say include China’s theft of intellectual property, its hefty state subsidies for industry and its efforts to block Western access to the Chinese market.