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By Kent Larsen

Jon Huntsman Jr., Ambassador to China?

WASHINGTON, DC -- This morning's Washington Post calls LDS Church member Jon Huntsman, Jr., vice chairman of Huntsman Corp. and son of LDS billionaire Jon M. Huntsman is a "strong possibility" for Ambassador to China. Huntsman Jr. speaks mandarin because of service as an LDS missionary, and already has ambassadorial experience, after serving as ambassador to Singapore under George Bush.

Ambassadorial positions, especially non-critical positions, are often used to reward political contributors, and the Huntsman family has long been major donors to republican causes. However, the post in China is an important one.

Jon M. Huntsman Jr. also worked in the Reagan White House and as deputy assistant secretary of commerce for East Asian and Pacific affairs. His father also has Washington experience, after working in the Nixon White House.


Few Withdrawals From Ex-In Bank
Washington Post pgA17 25Jan01 T2
By Al Kamen


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