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China Commission Leader Tapped as WTO Ambassador

Monday, July 17, 2017
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

President Trump has announced his intention to nominate Dennis Shea as deputy U.S. trade representative and ambassador to the World Trade Organization. Shea has been the chairman or vice chairman of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission each year since 2012 and has served as a member since 2007. This congressionally-appointed panel conducts annual assessments of the bilateral security, economic, and trade relationship, including China’s compliance with its WTO commitments. 

Shea, whom the South China Morning Post labeled “another China trade hawk,” is an attorney with more than 25 years’ experience in government and public policy and founder of his own public affairs firm. Earlier in his career he served as vice president for government affairs for a Fortune 500 company, assistant secretary for policy development and research at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and deputy chief of staff and counsel to then-Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole.

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