As the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s top international executive, Myron Brilliant played a central role in lobbying Congress for every trade pact since the North American Free Trade Agreement in the early 1990s. A big part of his effort — and corporate America’s — was convincing Congress to approve the Clinton administration’s efforts to ease China’s entry into the World Trade Organization. Over the years, Brilliant became a confidante of government and corporate officials in the U.S., China and other American trading partners. Early this year, Brilliant left his post as the Chamber’s executive vice president to start his own consulting firm, Brilliant Impact Group LLC. He is also senior counsel to the Washington D.C. consulting group, Dentons Global Advisers, and works with the American Leadership Initiative, a think tank looking to chart a centrist approach to foreign policy. We started our interview by talking about the early Clinton years after China’s leadership had kSubscribe or login to read the rest. Subscribers get full access to: Exclusive longform investigative journalism, Q&As, news and analysis, and data on Chinese business elites and corporations. We publish China scoops you won't find anywhere else. A weekly curated reading list on China from David Barboza, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Shanghai correspondent for The New York Times. A daily roundup of China finance, business and economics headlines. We offer discounts for groups, institutions and students. Go to our Subscriptions page for details.