China Names New U.S. Ambassador

, the current head of China’s Mission to the United Nations will be the next ambassador to the U.S., the Wall Street Journal reports:

Mr. Zhang, 56 years old, will take over the position in mid-March, said people familiar with the situation, replacing Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong, who spent much of his career focused on American affairs.

Mr. Zhang has spent much of his career dealing with international issues and isn’t widely known in Washington. People who have dealt with him describe him as a sophisticated, nuanced diplomat who has effectively represented China’s interests at the U.N.

“We don’t agree on some issues, but he explains [China’s positions] well,” said Steve Orlins, president of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, a New York-based, non-partisan organization focused on promoting bilateral understanding.

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