President Biden announced his intent to nominate former Ambassador Nicholas Burns as his Ambassador to China. The WH released the following brief bio:
R. Nicholas Burns, Nominee for Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the People’s Republic of China
Ambassador (ret.) Nicholas Burns, a respected former career member of the Foreign Service, currently serves as Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He is also Executive Director of the Aspen Strategy Group and Security Forum and Senior Counselor at the Cohen Group. During his State Department career, Burns served as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Ambassador to NATO and to Greece, State Department Spokesman, and on the National Security Council staff on Soviet and Russian Affairs. As Under Secretary, he worked with the Chinese government on issues as diverse as Afghanistan, United Nations Sanctions against Iran, North Korea ,and U.S. policy in the Indo-Pacific. At the Aspen Strategy Group, he organized a policy dialogue with the Chinese government’s Central Party School. He has taught, written, and spoken on current U.S.-China relations. Burns earned his B.A. degree from Boston College and an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. His numerous awards include a Presidential Distinguished Service Award and the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Award. He speaks fluent French and has familiarity with Arabic and Greek.
The WH somehow forgot to include the nominee’s Entegris bio. Click here for a longer bio via the George W. Bush White House archive, and the Policy Planning bio from 2009-2017 via state.gov. His Cohen Group bio where he is senior counselor is available here.
After the announcement, China expressed hope that Ambassador Burns would “play a constructive role” in China-US relations and “make constructive contributions to the stable development of bilateral ties.”
If confirmed, Ambassador Burns would succeed Terry E. Branstad who served in Beijing from July 12, 2017–October 4, 2020. A previous appointee to this position once announced that “The ambassador doesn’t work for the State Department.” That one managed to work at the US Embassy in Beijing from March 20, 2014–January 16, 2017 presumably without working for the State Department.
Biden has nominated career diplomat Nicholas Burns to serve as US ambassador to China.
"While Burns is not seen as a China policy specialist, neither were the previous four U.S. ambassadors to Beijing. Burns, however, has ties to Biden…"https://t.co/gDM2hhVcvn
— Zhaoyin Feng 馮兆音 (@ZhaoyinFeng) August 20, 2021
Long-time diplomat Nicholas Burns to be nominated as US ambassador to China https://t.co/W8AqPKBLg3
— South China Morning Post (@SCMPNews) August 21, 2021
China hopes new #US ambassador to China could push for friendly cooperation btw two countries, play a constructive role in the healthy development of China-US relations, FM spokesperson said upon US President Joe Biden's nomination over Nicholas Burns as US ambassador to China. pic.twitter.com/vnpxUvucY9
— People's Daily, China (@PDChina) August 23, 2021
China is hopeful for the new US ambassador to China, expecting Nicholas Burns can push forward friendly bilateral cooperation & make constructive contributions to the stable development of bilateral ties, Chinese FM said after Burns’ nomination by Biden. https://t.co/doBEQ0H5zc
— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) August 23, 2021
Everything you need to know about Biden's newly announced ambassador to China—and his corporate interests:https://t.co/huz0rRMSjl
— The American Prospect (@TheProspect) August 20, 2021