Former top State Department official is Biden's leading contender to be US ambassador to China

Washington Nicholas Burns, un ex ambasciatore degli Stati Uniti e alto funzionario del Dipartimento di Stato, è il principale contendente per l'ambasciatore degli Stati Uniti in Cina, secondo due fonti che hanno familiarità con le discussioni.

The Biden administration wants to fill the role with someone who has extensive diplomatic experience and Burns meets that criteria, dicono le fonti.
Among those being considered for other ambassador posts are former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel for Japan; former Biden national security adviser Julie Smith for NATO; ex Rep. Jane Harman for France; and former Ambassador Mark Gitenstein for the European Union.
Bloomberg was first to report that Burns is a leading contender for the China role.
    But the Biden team is still expected to be weeks away from making any announcements on ambassador picks, hanno detto le fonti. They intend to announce the rest of the senior State Department positions before moving onto ambassadors, said a senior US diplomat and a source familiar with the discussions.
    La settimana scorsa, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said President Joe Biden had not been presented with a memo to make any decisions about ambassadorships. She also said that she is not sure if the Biden administration will name any ambassadors by March.
    Until decisions are made on the political ambassadors, the career ambassadors cannot move into place.
    The State Department needs the White House to tell them which ambassadorships will be filled by politicals and which ones State can fill with career people,” the senior US diplomat told CNN. “And until the White House personnel office sends that list over to Secretary Blinken, there’s no possibility of moving up on names.
      CNN has reached out to the State Department and White House for comment.
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