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Nicholas Burns – New US Ambassador to China

Brought out of retirement for the highest post in Beijing: Nicholas Burns, former US NATO ambassador and Under Secretary of State at the State Department in Washington

He is a career diplomat, not a political appointee. Nicholas Burns has worked his way up as a professional in the U.S. State Department and brings ample diplomatic experience to the table. He has been ambassador to NATO and Greece. In Washington, he was appointed deputy secretary. Under George H.W. Bush, he was already involved in all negotiations with the Soviet Union during its final days. Now, the 65-year-old is to become the new U.S. ambassador to China.

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