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Biden's Asia policy

Ex-US trade chiefs pin high TPP hopes on Katherine Tai

Bilateral free trade agreement with Japan should be first focus, Rob Portman says

Katherine Tai, the incoming administration's choice for U.S. trade representative, speaks at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Delaware, on Dec. 11 as President-elect Joe Biden, right, and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris listen.   © AP

NEW YORK -- Former U.S. trade representatives expressed hopes Thursday that President-elect Joe Biden's choice for the job will steer a swift return to the Trans-Pacific Partnership as Washington loses ground to a stronger China on setting the rules of the road for trade.

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