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Posted at 9:15 PM ET, 03/ 7/2011

Gary Locke, Commerce secretary, to be nominated as ambassador to China

By Anne E. Kornblut and Ed O'Keefe

President Obama will nominate Commerce Secretary Gary Locke as the next U.S. ambassador to China, senior administration officials said late Monday, continuing a game of musical chairs that has shuffled top administration officials at the start of the second half of Obama's term.

A formal announcement is planned for Tuesday in the Diplomatic Reception Room.

The Beijing vacancy was created when Ambassador Jon Huntsman resigned the post, making it clear in the process that he is weighing a bid to challenge Obama for the presidency in 2012.

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By Anne E. Kornblut and Ed O'Keefe  | March 7, 2011; 9:15 PM ET
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