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About  Ambassador Jon Huntsman



jon-huntsman-official-web-240x300-150x150Jon Huntsman was asked by President Barack Obama to serve as United States ambassador to China in May 2009 and his nomination was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate. Huntsman was sworn in as ambassador immediately following his resignation as the governor of Utah on Tuesday, August 11, 2009. Huntsman's breadth of experience in Asia has been developed over a lifetime of interest and involvement. He has previously lived in Asia three times and speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese.

Huntsman's public service career began as a White House staff assistant to President Ronald Reagan and has since included appointments as deputy assistant secretary of Commerce for Asia, U.S. ambassador to Singapore, and deputy U.S. trade representative. As a U.S. trade ambassador, Huntsman negotiated dozens of free trade agreements, trade and investment framework agreements, and brokered other bi-lateral and multi-lateral trade agreements for the United States with China, Taiwan, Singapore, Australia, India, Vietnam, West Africa, South Africa, and other Asian and African nations. He played a critical role in launching global trade negotiations in Doha, Qatar in November of 2001, guiding the simultaneous accession of China and Taiwan into the World Trade Organization. He is a founding director of the Pacific Council on International Policy and has served on various boards such as the Brookings Institute Asia Policy Board, the Center for Strategic and International Studies Pacific Forum, the Asia Society in New York, and the National Bureau of Asian Research. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and has four honorary doctorate degrees.