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China deserves tougher restrictions, says ex-Trump trade official

Nazak Nikakhtar 'elated' by Biden's hard-line stance on Beijing

Nazak Nikakhtar helped implement former President Donald Trump's hard-line trade policies against China at the Commerce Department. (Nikkei montage/Dupont Photographers/Reuters)

WASHINGTON -- The Biden administration should step up trade restrictions to counter China's predatory economic practices including intellectual property theft, said Nazak Nikakhtar, a former Trump administration official who was on the front line of the China-U.S. trade war.

The U.S.-China standoff over technology has intensified after President Joe Biden took over, with Washington turning down China's request in late July to lift the ban on Huawei's access to U.S. technologies. To Nikakhtar, this was a welcome move.

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