Biden announces picks for China, Japan ambassadorships

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 04: Former Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns testifies during a hearing before Senate Armed Services Committee August 4, 2015 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The committee held a hearing on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and the military balance in the Middle East. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – AUGUST 04: Nicholas Burns testifies during a hearing before Senate Armed Services Committee August 4, 2015 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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Joe Biden has released a new batch of individuals he thinks should serve in key ambassadorships. On Friday, Biden announced his intention to nominate career diplomat Nicholas Burns to be the U.S. ambassador to China. Burns served in high-level diplomatic positions under the Clinton and Bush administrations.

Additionally, Biden tapped former Mayor of Chicago and Chief of Staff to former President Obama, Rahm Emmanuel, to represent the U.S. in Japan.

“Given the ongoing failures witnessed in Afghanistan, it will be incumbent upon Mayor Emanuel to demonstrate strongly his ability to represent America’s vital interests in the region, and to protect the thousands of our citizens that are in Japan on any given day under the U.S. Ambassador’s Chief of Mission authority just as I did,” said former U.S. ambassador to Japan, Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.).

“The Japanese people have incredible spirit and a deep love for the United States, and I have no doubt that they look forward to welcoming the next U.S. Ambassador.”

WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 10: White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel addresses the United Jewish Communities/Jewish Federation of North America during their General Assembly November 10, 2009 in Washington, DC. Emanuel replaced the scheduled speaker, U.S. President Barack Obama, who flew to Fort Hood today for a memorial service for victims of the recent shooting. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON – NOVEMBER 10: Rahm Emanuel addresses the United Jewish Communities/Jewish Federation of North America during their General Assembly November 10, 2009 in Washington, D.C. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Experts stressed the pair will have to lead diplomatic efforts in Asia as tensions with China are on the rise over trade and human rights.

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