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US Senate panel approves Baucus as ambassador to China

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved on Tuesday the nomination of Sen. Max Baucus, a Montana Democrat who has helped steer trade policy with China, to be the next U.S. ambassador to Beijing.

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The unanimous voice vote cleared the way for a vote on Baucus’ confirmation in the U.S. Senate, where he is also expected to win approval.

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