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Obama To Nominate Gary Locke As U.S. Ambassador To China

WASHINGTON (AP) - A senior administration official says President Barack Obama plans to nominate Commerce Secretary Gary Locke to be the next U.S. ambassador to China. A formal
announcement is expected Tuesday.

Locke is the first Chinese-American to become commerce secretary. His father and grandfather were born in China.

He would succeed Jon Huntsman, whose resignation is effective next month. Huntsman is a potential Republican presidential opponent for Obama next year.

The administration official spoke on condition of anonymity because the formal announcement had not been made.

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