Biden was expected to nominate Katherine Tai


Tai is currently the House of Ways and Means Committee’s top democratic trade adviser and overseeing China’s trade implementation under Obama’s rule.

As an Asian-American, he is the latest multicolored figure to be expected to be appointed to a cabinet-level position in the incoming Biden administration. If confirmed, Tai would be the first colored woman to take on a role.

CNN previously reported that Tai was among the leading competitors who acted as the U.S. sales representative.

Tai’s nomination is seen as a clear signal that Biden is serious about his campaign promise to enforce trade rules with China. Tai is considered an expert on China’s trade policy and oversaw China’s trade implementation under Obama’s rule.

During the campaign, Biden promised to work with America’s allies to curb China’s trade policy and said he was unlikely to quickly undo President Donald Trump’s trade measures against the country.

Tai was appointed in 2017 after his role on Capitol Hill after serving as a commercial councilor for three years on the Ways and Means Committee. From 2007 to 2014, he worked in the office of the U.S. Trade Representative in the Office of the General Counsel, and from 2011 to 2014 as the General Counsel for the Chinese Trade Enforcement.

Tai played a key role in negotiating Democrats ’trade policy in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement, which came under Trump’s administration. The USMCA replaced the North American Free Trade Agreement, which was approved by President Bill Clinton. The USMCA was signed by Trump and his Mexican and Canadian colleagues in 2018, and then Congress approved the trade agreement earlier this year after Democrats added stricter labor rules.