Source: Obama to nominate Locke as U.S. Ambassador to China
March 7th, 2011
06:47 PM ET
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Source: Obama to nominate Locke as U.S. Ambassador to China

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama will nominate Commerce Secretary Gary Locke as the next U.S. ambassador to China to succeed Jon Huntsman, who will step down on April 30, a senior administration official confirmed to CNN on Monday.

Locke is a former two-term governor of Washington and the first Chinese-American to be commerce secretary, according to the Commerce Department website.

He also was a partner in the international law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, where he co-chaired the firm's China practice, the website said.

Huntsman, a former Republican governor of Utah, is believed to be considering a presidential run in 2012.

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    Whatever. We all know Obama will handle China with kid gloves, to get them to support our debt, which Obama tries to expand, daily!

    March 7, 2011 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  2. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    Good choice. I didn't have a chance to comment on Senator Lugar. I want him as Secretary of Defense after Secretary Gates retires.

    March 7, 2011 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  3. GonzoinHouston

    The obvious first reaction is that a Chinese-American would make a good American ambassador to China. Buddha only knows what will happen in the confirmation process.

    March 7, 2011 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |