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Baucus Switches Roles for Hearing on China Post

Baucus Switches Roles for Hearing on China Post

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Max Baucus is going before fellow senators for a confirmation hearing on his nomination to be U.S. ambassador to China.

Tuesday’s hearing by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will be a switch for the six-term Democrat from Montana. As chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Baucus is used to vetting nominees. On Tuesday he will be answering questions.

Baucus is expected to sail toward full Senate confirmation. If confirmed, Baucus would replace Gary Locke.

The 72-year-old Baucus said last year he would not seek re-election to another Senate term. He has said his goal as ambassador would be to strengthen diplomatic and economic ties between the U.S. and China.

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio said he would ask Baucus about his views on China’s economic and territorial ambitions.

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