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Trump appoints China critic to trade post

United States President-elect, Donald Trump, has appointed economist Peter Navarro, an outspoken critic of China, as the head of a new national trade body.

Mr. Navarro will lead the new White House National Trade Council and serve as director of trade and industrial policy, the BBC reports.

The academic was an adviser to Mr. Trump during the election campaign.

His books include The Coming China Wars and Death by China, in which he is deeply critical of Chinese policy.

During the election, the president-elect made trade issues a core campaign issue, criticising some deals made with countries like China and Mexico.

Mr. Trump has already angered China by speaking to the Taiwanese president by phone, in violation of the U.S’s decades-long “one China” policy.

He has also openly criticised China in outbursts on Twitter, recently accusing it of devaluing its currency to impede U.S competition, among other claims.

The presidential transition team said Mr. Navarro’s appointment “demonstrates the president-elect’s determination to make American manufacturing great again.”

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