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Joe Biden is reportedly considering former presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg to be his Ambassador to China.
According to The Daily Caller:
President-elect Joe Biden is reportedly considering his former competitor Pete Buttigieg ambassador to in China after ruling him out as his ambassador to the United Nations, Axios reported.
China isn’t the only foreign post that Buttigieg could be selected for, and the former Democratic Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has communicated his interest in foreign policy and national security positions in the incoming administration, according to Axios.
Buttigieg was a top contender for U.N. Ambassador, but Biden selected Linda Thomas-Greenfield for the position, a 35-year veteran of the foreign service who also oversaw the Bureau of African Affairs under the Obama administration.
The U.S. ambassador to China has typically been someone who is in the middle or toward the end of their career, and an ambassador would enter the role following heightened tensions between the U.S. and China related to the coronavirus pandemic, Uighur human rights abuses in Xinjiang and trade disputes, according to Axios.
Biden has compared Buttigieg to his late son Beau.
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