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US State Department’s Top China Official Is Stepping Down

  • Rick Waters has headed the State Department’s ‘China House’
  • Turnover also has affected other administration posts on China
Rick Waters

Rick Waters

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The State Department’s most senior official focused solely on China announced Wednesday that he’s stepping down at a tumultuous time in the US relationship with Beijing.

Rick Waters, head of the State Department’s recently created “China House,” told a staff meeting on Wednesday that he plans to leave his post at the end of June, according to State Department officials.