Business: Trade Trooper

Carter's "quiet "new negotiator

As the U.S. Special Trade Representative, Texas Lawyer Robert Strauss had a well-earned reputation for pugnacity. Japan's Yoshizane Iwasa, former Fuji Bank chief, recalls that "I met him three times, and each time he pounded the table." It may come as a relief to those who deal with the U.S. on trade and tariff matters that among the qualities Jimmy Carter says he values in Strauss's successor are his quietness and modesty.

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