Biden names Katherine Tai USTR

New Delhi, Dec 11: Asian-American Katherine Tai, a trade lawyer with a history of taking on China, will be the new US Trade Representative.

President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday named Tai, who is fluent in Mandarin, as his incoming administration’s pick for the United States Trade Representative.

If confirmed by the Senate, Tai would be tasked with enforcing US import rules and brokering trading terms with China and other nations.

Tai would succeed current trade czar Robert Lighthizer.

“Her deep experience will allow the Biden-Harris administration to hit the ground running on trade, and harness the power of our trading relationships to help the US dig out of the COVID-induced economic crisis and pursue the President-elect’s vision of a pro-American worker trade strategy,” the Biden transition team said in a release.

From 2007 to 2014, Tai successfully fought US’ disputes against China at the WTO.

Notably, India and the US are locked in negotiation over a free trade deal.

New Delhi is also seeking exemption from high duties slapped by the Trump administration on certain steel and aluminum products.

It wants resumption of export benefits to some domestic products under the GSP and greater market access for its products.