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Biden's Asia policy

Biden taps Mandarin-speaking Katherine Tai to helm China trade

Seasoned Capitol Hill staffer will be frontwoman if US negotiates return to TPP

Katherine Tai sees the need for U.S. trade policy to work in tandem with its own domestic industrial strategy to push back against China. (Nikkei montage/Source photos by Kyodo and AP)   © Nikkei montage/Source photos by Kyodo and AP

NEW YORK -- In choosing Katherine Tai, a Mandarin-speaker with years of China experience, as the next top U.S. trade official, President-elect Joe Biden is sending an unmistakable message about his priorities in trade in the post-Trump era.

In its Thursday announcement of Tai as its pick for U.S. Trade Representative, Biden's transition team highlighted Tai's past work in USTR as chief counsel for China trade enforcement and her experience litigating American disputes against Beijing at the World Trade Organization.

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