Obama to name Locke as new U.S. ambassador to China

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Posted: Mar 21, 2011 3:04 PM
Obama to name Locke as new U.S. ambassador to China

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will nominate Commerce Secretary Gary Locke as next U.S. ambassador to China, two officials said on Monday.

Locke would replace the current ambassador, Jon Huntsman, who is stepping down on April 30 and is considering a run for president in which he'd join a field of Republicans vying to challenge Obama in the 2012 election.

(Writing by Caren Bohan; Editing by Eric Walsh)