As the Bush administration's new trade maestro for China, former General Motors Corp. executive Tim Stratford will have to tackle everything from surging imports to intellectual property rights enforcement.
WASHINGTON — As the Bush administration's new trade maestro for China, former General Motors Corp. executive Tim Stratford will have to tackle everything from surging imports to intellectual property rights enforcement.
Stratford was named on Friday as Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for China Affairs and will oversee trade policy for China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao and Mongolia. He takes over from Charles Freeman 3rd, who left last month and joined China Alliance, a law group.
Stratford brings with him a wealth of experience, having been general council for GM's China operations since 1998, and before that, a partner at Coudert Bros., an international law firm. He was also a volunteer leader for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Taiwan and minister counselor for commercial affairs at the U.S. embassy in Beijing.
"He brings the on-the-ground knowledge that will be crucial at this critical time in our relationship with China," U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman said in a statement.
Stratford will relocate to Washington from Shanghai.
U.S.-Sino relations have been a bit rocky lately when it comes to apparel and textiles. American and Chinese negotiators will meet for the fifth time Sept. 26-27 to try to hash out a plan to control imports of those products from China.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
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Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast