Bush Trade Rep: China Policy Was 'Right on Target'

US President George W. Bush (L) greets Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) on the North Portico of the White House in Washington, DC, prior to a dinner with leaders attending the Summit on Financial Markets November 14, 2008. JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images

Throughout her two-and-a-half-year tenure as U.S. Trade Representative, Susan C. Schwab absorbed shots from Democrats who believed she spent too much time futilely trying to negotiate new free-trade agreements while not aggressively enforcing existing rules. Under Schwab's watch, efforts to revive a new round of global trade talks failed, free-trade pacts struck with Colombia and South Korea stalled in Congress, and America's trade deficit—especially with China—soared to record heights.

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