US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer spoke with Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He during an Oval Office meeting with US President Donald Trump in February last year. Photo: Reuters
US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer spoke with Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He during an Oval Office meeting with US President Donald Trump in February last year. Photo: Reuters

Does Joe Biden’s pick as the next US trade chief need to be a China hand?

  • Some veteran diplomats urge Joe Biden to replace US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer with someone well versed in China policy, calling relationship ‘the big enchilada’
  • But others downplay the importance of direct experience, pointing to the agency’s expertise and wider awareness in Washington of the China challenge

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer spoke with Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He during an Oval Office meeting with US President Donald Trump in February last year. Photo: Reuters
US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer spoke with Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He during an Oval Office meeting with US President Donald Trump in February last year. Photo: Reuters
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