Sunday, April 20, 2014   

Washington may post Max Baucus as Beijing envoy
(12-19 08:51)

US President Barack Obama intends to nominate a senior Democratic lawmaker as ambassador to China, party officials said, turning to a senator well-versed in trade issues to fill one of the most important diplomatic posts.
If confirmed by the Senate, Max Baucus would replace ambassador Gary Locke, who announced last month he was stepping down.
There was no immediate comment from the White House on the disclosure.
Kathy Weber, a spokeswoman in Baucus' office, declined to confirm the move.
Baucus, 72, was first elected to the Senate in 1978, and since early 2007 has been chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. The panel has jurisdiction over taxes, trade, health care and more.—AP
   
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