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International relations

US-backed Singaporean leads patent agency into new era

WIPO's new chief Daren Tang spearheaded negotiations on TPP and RCEP

Members of the World Intellectual Property Organization attend a meeting at the body's headquarters in Geneva in October 2019.(Photo courtesy of WIPO)

SINGAPORE -- Daren Tang brings regional expertise to guide Asia into a new era of innovation as the next leader of the World Intellectual Property Organization, despite the election of the Singaporean being regarded as a political gain for the West.

Tang's nomination for director general of the United Nations agency was backed by the U.S., Europe and Japan as they sought to block the Chinese pick and limit Beijing's clout over international agencies. His election in March was reported widely in the West as a victory for U.S. President Donald Trump in his rivalry with China.

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