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Randt Picked As China Ambassador

April 30, 2001

WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Bush on Monday nominated longtime friend Clark ``Sandy″ Randt as ambassador to China.

White House spokesman Ari Fleischer announced the nomination without further comment during his daily media briefing.

Randt, 55, is a partner in the law firm of Shearman & Sterling, leading its China practice and specializing in capital markets and direct foreign investment in Asia.

A fraternity buddy of Bush’s from Yale, Randt has lived in the Asia-Pacific region for most of his adult life and has vast knowledge about China. He is fluent in Mandarin.

Randt earned a law degree from the University of Michigan in 1975. In 1982, he became first secretary and commercial attache at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.

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