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Biden's Asia policy

Biden's trade chief pick dodges question on rejoining TPP

World has changed since trade pact's signing, Katherine Tai tells Senate

NEW YORK -- Katherine Tai, a former trade enforcer and litigator against Beijing now poised to be confirmed as U.S. trade representative, vows to counter China in a world that she says is "very different in important ways" from when the Trans-Pacific Partnership was signed.

"China is simultaneously a rival, a trade partner and an outsized player whose cooperation we'll also need to address certain global challenges," the Taiwanese American attorney said in the opening statement at her confirmation hearing Thursday before the Senate Finance Committee. "We must remember how to walk, chew gum and play chess at the same time."

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