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Susan Thornton survives Trump-Tillerson purge

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The White House announced today that diplomat Susan Thornton’s name has been submitted to the Senate for the role of Assistant Secretary of State (East Asian and Pacific Affairs), a position she is currently holding on a temporary basis.

  • Many observers feared that Thornton, who is one of America’s most experienced diplomats with a strong track record in east Asia, would be removed or sidelined from the dysfunctional Trump-Tillerson State Department.
  • Buzzfeed’s foreign affairs correspondent John Hudson tweeted that Thornton’s nomination was a “major personnel victory for Rex Tillerson” that defied “efforts by China hawks close to Trump (Bannon/Navarro) to oust her from the State Department.”

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Jeremy Goldkorn worked in China for 20 years as an editor and entrepreneur. He is editor-in-chief of SupChina, and co-founder of the Sinica Podcast.

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