Readout of Ambassador Katherine Tai’s Meeting with Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Dan Tehan

July 21, 2021

WASHINGTON – United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai today met with Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Dan Tehan. Ambassador Tai and Minister Tehan discussed the importance and strength of the bilateral trade relationship, which is underpinned by the U.S.-Australia Free Trade Agreement.  They also agreed to continue working together to develop a digital trade policy that supports the digital economy and addresses the needs of workers, recognizing the importance of collaboration among those with open, free, democratic systems.

During the meeting, Ambassador Tai noted that the United States is closely monitoring the trade situation between Australia and China.  Ambassador Tai conveyed that the United States stands with Australia to tackle this shared challenge and supports rules-based international trade to promote fair, market-oriented trade practices. Ambassador Tai reiterated the United States’ commitment to engaging our allies, including Australia, to address China’s state-led, non-market practices that harm our workers, businesses, and citizens.  Ambassador Tai and Minister Tehan welcomed continuing senior-level discussions to address non-market practices, including economic coercion.

They also discussed WTO reform, supply chain resilience, and regional economic collaboration in the Indo-Pacific. Ambassador Tai and Minister Tehan agreed to regular engagement on key issues.