Magazine article Insight on the News

Prueher to Be Nominated as U.S. Ambassador to China

Magazine article Insight on the News

Prueher to Be Nominated as U.S. Ambassador to China

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The ambassador job that nobody wanted will go to retired Adm. Joseph W. Prueher, 56, who led all U.S. forces in the Pacific during a particularly tense period in U.S.-Chinese relations.

Prueher, who began making his rounds on Capitol Hill in early May, will be nominated to be U.S. Ambassador to China, replacing former Democratic senator James Sasser, who has wanted to leave for some time.

Prueher's nomination comes as no surprise to those following Insight's series of stories dealing with Chinese espionage. Insight first reported Prueher likely would assume the post in "China's U.S. Arsenal" April 19.

Prueher's Senate confirmation process is unlikely to be smooth. He angered Republicans last year when he proved highly reluctant to respond to former House Rules chairman Gerald Solomon's concern about the possible intelligence and strategic threat posed by the effort of China Ocean Shipping Co., or COSCO, to buy the Long Beach, Calif. …

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