China’s unfair practices a ‘key priority’ for trade chief Tai: Biden

China’s unfair practices a ‘key priority’ for trade chief Tai: Biden

President-elect highlights her track record on enforcing rules against Beijing

NEW YORK — Katherine Tai, U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s pick for the next United States trade representative, introduced herself to the nation Friday by recalling a scene from earlier in her career at the agency she will now lead.

“A colleague and I from USTR went to Geneva to present a case suing China before the World Trade Organization,” she told a news conference at the Biden transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware.

“We sat down at the table — she, whose parents had emigrated from South India, and I, whose parents had come from Taiwan — and my heart swelled with pride as we raised our placard and stated that we were there to present the case on behalf of the United States of America,” Tai said.

Tai was born in Connecticut to immigrants who had been born in China and raised in Taiwan before moving to the U.S. in the Kennedy years. Now she is tasked with serving as the frontwoman for American trade negotiations with far greater political implications than in the past.