Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky is Senior International Partner at WilmerHale and is one of the most influential lawyers in the U.S. She advises multinationals and private equity firms on their global market access, investment, and acquisition strategies, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and served in president Bill Clinton’s Cabinet as the U.S. Trade Representative, chief trade policymaker, and trade negotiator. Among the agreements negotiated by her were China’s historic WTO agreement, and landmark global agreements in financial services, telecommunications, technology products, and cyberspace.

Last Updated: April 7, 2021

Sinica Podcast


America’s Top Trade Negotiator in 2001 Looks at China Today

Kaiser Kuo, Jeremy Goldkorn & more from Sinica Podcast
Charlene Barshefsky was a name you couldn’t avoid if you were in Beijing in the late 1990s. As the United States Trade Representative from 1997 to 2001, she led the American team that negotiated China’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO...



TPP is Dead, Now What?

David Dollar, Charlene Barshefsky & more
On Monday, on his first full working day as president, Donald Trump officially withdrew the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a 12-nation trade pact that did not include China and did not have the votes to...