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Terrence J. McCartin
Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for China Affairs (Acting)

Terry McCartin serves as the Acting Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for China Affairs.  In that capacity, he is responsible for developing and implementing U.S. trade policy toward China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mongolia. 

Previously, Mr. McCartin served as the Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for China Affairs (from 2006 to 2017) and the Senior Director for Monitoring and Enforcement for China (from 2001 to 2006).  In those capacities, Mr. McCartin was responsible for the enforcement of China’s obligations under World Trade Organization (WTO) and other international agreements, including through the pursuit of meritorious WTO dispute settlement cases in areas such as discriminatory taxation policies, local content requirements, export restraints on raw materials, subsidies, intellectual property rights, theatrical films, financial information services, electronic payment services, trade remedies, and domestic support and tariff-rate quota administration for agricultural commodities.  He also chaired the Trade Policy Staff Committee’s Subcommittee on China, whose mission was to oversee and coordinate the U.S. government’s efforts in addressing China trade issues, including through high-level U.S.-China dialogues.  In addition, Mr. McCartin was responsible for managing the development and implementation of U.S. trade and investment policy toward Mongolia and negotiated the U.S.-Mongolia transparency agreement, the first stand-alone transparency agreement for the United States in the area of trade and investment.    

Prior to joining the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Mr. McCartin worked in the General Counsel’s Office of the U.S. Department of Commerce (from 1992 to 2001).  As the Senior Counsel for WTO Subsidies Enforcement, he participated in the WTO accession negotiations with China in the areas of subsidies, antidumping duties and safeguards.  He also represented the United States in trade disputes before the WTO in the areas of anti-dumping and countervailing duties and served as a U.S. delegate to multilateral working groups studying the interaction between trade and competition policy under the auspices of the WTO, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum and the North American Free Trade Agreement.  He also advised the Commerce Department regarding the conduct of antidumping and countervailing duty investigations and represented the Commerce Department in litigation before U.S. courts.

Prior to joining the Commerce Department’s legal staff, Mr. McCartin practiced as an attorney with a Washington, D.C., law firm (from 1982 to 1992) and served as a law clerk to the Honorable John Lewis Smith, Jr., Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (from 1981 to 1982).  

Mr. McCartin attended Stanford University (A.B. 1977) and Georgetown University Law School, from which he graduated cum laude (J.D. 1981).

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