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Governor said to be China-bound

May 16, 2009|Times Wire Reports

President Obama intends to name Republican Gov. Jon Huntsman to be ambassador to China, a source said.

The governor has accepted, said the source, who would speak only on condition of anonymity ahead of a White House announcement expected today.

Huntsman, a two-term governor, is fluent in Mandarin Chinese from his days as a Mormon missionary in Taiwan. He made headlines recently for encouraging the Republican Party to swing in a more moderate direction to bounce back from the 2008 elections, angering some conservatives.

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