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Biden Builds Out China Team With Staff Who Reflect Tougher Tone

  • Hart picked to help review ‘Clean Network’ tech initiative
  • Other officials include Pentagon’s Ratner, NSC’s Rosenberg

President Joe Biden is filling out his China policy team with staff whose past writing and speeches align with the tough tone toward Beijing that emerged under his predecessor Donald Trump, adding to evidence that the new administration won’t revert to an earlier era of conciliation.

Among the new hires is Melanie Hart, a former Center for American Progress senior fellow, who will help oversee a review of Trump administration policies including its “Clean Network” initiative, which pressed countries to bar Huawei Technologies Co. from their fifth-generation telecommunications networks. In October, she co-wrote a report that highlighted the state subsidies fueling Huawei’s rise and advocated countervailing support to vendors from the U.S. and allied nations.