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Rahm Emanuel, Nicholas Burns Seen as Potential China Envoy

  • Biden team seeks envoy with political or diplomatic background
  • Former U.S. Trade Representative Barshefsky ruled herself out
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Ex-Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns are among the leading candidates for U.S. ambassador to China, a person familiar with the matter said.

The Biden administration is looking for someone with deep political ties or diplomatic experience for the crucial posting, according to the person, who asked not to be identified discussing the internal deliberations.