May 16, 2009
The post of 15 May on US ambassadorial appointments drew attention to the failure of President Obama to appoint ambassadors in Brussels and Beijing.
Today, however, Utah’s Governor Jon Huntsman has been nominated ambassador to China. The appointment is very interesting for a number of reasons, not least of which is that he is a Republican. He is a fluent Mandarin speaker with seven children, including two adopted daughters from China and India.
Governor Huntsman was Deputy US Trade Ambassador from 2001 to 2003 and ambassador to Singapore from 1992 to 1993. He was the youngest US ambassador to be appointed in over a century.
He appears to be an excellent choice and with special expertise on economic, environmental and climate issues. He has an in-depth and sophisticated understanding of China and has been promoting cooperation between US states and Chinese provinces on energy, environment and climate change.
Let’s hope that an equally qualified appointee will arrive shortly in Brussels.Author : Stanley Crossick