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LOCKE ON CHINA
President Obama is widely expected to appoint Commerce Secretary Gary F. Lockeas the first Chinese-American ambassador to China to replace JonHuntsman, who is retiring next month to consider running for the Republican presidential nomination.
Mr. Locke, 61, has been Commerce secretary since 2009 and, like Mr. Huntsman, is a former governor. Mr. Locke, a Democrat, served two terms as governor of Washington state. Mr. Huntsman resigned from his second term as governor of Utah to accept the ambassadorial nomination to Beijing.
“Is it more efficacious to have an ambassador who looks Chinese, like Mr. Locke, or one who speaks Chinese, like the current incumbent Jon Huntsman … ?” Peter Ford asked on his blog Tuesday at the Christian Science Monitor.
Other reporters noted that the administration is toying with Mr. Huntsman’s presidential ambitions by praising him for his work for the liberal Democratic president.
White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley applauded Mr. Huntsman for his “support of the president … and closeness in which he worked with the president.”
“And I’m sure he’ll hear about that in the [Republican] primaries,” Mr. Daley added Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Adam Sorensen of Time magazine called that praise a “death hug.”
The former European Union ambassador in Washington upbraided European bankers this week for reckless speculation that led to economic collapse in his native Ireland.
John Brutonalso accused today’s European leaders of failing to have the “intellectual self-confidence” displayed by an earlier generation of statesmen who created the forerunners of the EU in the 1950s.
“From 2000 on, British, German, Belgian, French banks and banks of other EU countries lent irresponsibly to the Irish banks in the hope that they, too, could profit from … the Irish construction bubble,” Mr. Bruton said in a speech Monday at the London School of Economics.
“They were supervised by their home central banks and by the [European Central Bank] … which seemingly raised no objection to this lending.”
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James Morrison joined the The Washington Times in 1983 as a local reporter covering Alexandria, Va. A year later, he was assigned to open a Times bureau in Canada. From 1987 to 1989, Mr. Morrison was The Washington Times reporter in London, covering Britain, Western Europe and NATO issues. After returning to Washington, he served as an assistant foreign editor ...
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