Tai is currently the top Democratic trade adviser to the House Ways and Means Committee and oversees trade implementation for China during the Obama administration.
CNN previously reported that Tai was one of the leading competitors to serve as a U.S. trade representative.
The Thai nomination appears to be a clear sign that Biden is serious about his campaign promise to enforce trade rules on China. Tai appears to be an expert on China’s trade policy and has overseen trade implementation for China during the Obama administration.
Biden has promised throughout the campaign that he will work with US allies to curb China’s trade policy, and that President Donald Trump’s trade measures against the country are unlikely to be withdrawn quickly.
Tai named her role in Capitol Hill in 2017 after serving as Trade Councilor for the Ways and Means Committee for three years. She served in the General Counsel’s Office in the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office from 2007 to 2014, and as Chief Adviser to China Trade Enforcement from 2011 to 2014.
Tai played a key role in negotiating Democrats’ trade policy in the United States-Mexico-Canada agreement that came under the Trump administration. The USMCA replaced the North American Free Trade Agreement approved under President Bill Clinton. The USMCA was signed by Trump and his Mexican and Canadian counterparts in 2018, and then Congress approved the trade agreement earlier this year after Democrats added strong labor rules.