Obama to nominate next U.S. ambassador to China
Commerce Secretary Gary Locke
March 7th, 2011
07:08 PM ET

Obama to nominate next U.S. ambassador to China

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama intends to nominate Commerce Secretary Gary Locke as the next U.S. Ambassador to China, a senior administration official confirms to CNN's Jill Dougherty.

If confirmed by the Senate, Locke, the first Chinese-American to hold the post at Commerce, and a former governor of Washington, would replace current Ambassador Jon Huntsman.

Huntsman, a former governor of Utah, has announced he will leave his post at the end of April. There is heavy speculation that he may eventually seek the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

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