The Wall Street Journal: Beijing issues measured response after Trump taps China trade skeptic

China’s government issued a measured response on Thursday to Donald Trump’s naming of a China trade skeptic to oversee American trade and industrial policy, as it weighed how to approach the U.S. president-elect’s threats of a confrontation over trade.

“China like every other country is closely watching the policy direction the U.S. is going to take,” said a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman on Thursday, without mentioning the nominee’s name. “Cooperation is the only right choice for both sides.”

Trump named Peter Navarro on Wednesday to head the National Trade Council, a newly created White House office. Navarro, a Trump campaign advisor and University of California professor, has argued that China’s accession to the World Trade Organization in 2001 halved American economic growth and cost it 70,000 manufacturing jobs.

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