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US Senate endorses new ambassador to China

THE US Senate yesterday confirmed Utah Governor Jon Huntsman as new US ambassador to China by unanimous consent.

The confirmation came after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee endorsed Huntsman's nomination on Tuesday.

The Senate yesterday also confirmed John Roos, a campaign fundraiser and lawyer, as new US ambassador to Japan.

Huntsman, 49, was appointed by President Barack Obama as top US diplomat to China in May. He is a Republican who was elected the governor of Utah in 2004 and reelected in 2008. He served as US ambassador to Singapore during the administration of President George Bush and as deputy US trade representative during the administration of President George W. Bush.

Huntsman attended the University of Utah and received a Bachelor's degree in business from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania after transferring to that school. He can speak fluent Mandarin Chinese.

His predecessor, Clark Randt, resigned on January 20 when the new administration was sworn in.

Huntsman and his wife, Mary Kaye, have seven children, including a girl adopted from China.


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