Randt Picked As China Ambassador
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.