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Trump names UC Irvine professor and fierce China critic to new White House Trade Council

Peter Navarro, left, and China expert Gordon Chang attend a screening of "Death By China," the film adaptation of Navarro's book, in New York in 2012. (Andy Kropa / Getty Images)
Peter Navarro, left, and China expert Gordon Chang attend a screening of "Death By China," the film adaptation of Navarro's book, in New York in 2012. (Andy Kropa / Getty Images)

President-elect Donald Trump , signaling that he intends to follow through on his tough talk on trade, is establishing a new White House-based trade council to be headed by a vehement critic of China’s economic policies.

Trump on Wednesday named Peter Navarro, a Harvard-trained business professor at UC Irvine , as director of trade and industrial policy and head of the newly created White House National Trade Council.

The move sends a strong message: The Trump administration will take a much more aggressive posture to shrink the nation’s large trade deficit and combat what the president-elect and Navarro believe are forces behind America’s manufacturing woes — unfair and mercantilist practices on the part of China and other trading partners.

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