Former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg may be President-elect Joe Biden’s choice for the U.S. ambassador position to China, Axios has reported. It will most likely be one of the most important diplomatic posts in the Biden Administration and will help build Buttigieg’s resume for his future political aspirations.
Buttigieg is the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana and ran for president in 2020 before dropping out to consolidate moderates’ support around Biden. Buttigieg, an Afghan war veteran and the first openly gay candidate for the U.S. presidency, is considered to have played a key role in Biden’s presidential nomination. He won the most delegates in the Iowa caucuses.
Axios has reported that “many inside the Democratic Party believe his return as a presidential candidate is a matter of when, not if.”
Strengthening his foreign policy connections could benefit Buttigieg’s future if he decides to run for president again. Axios reported that a stint as ambassador in Beijing would give the Chinese an opportunity to get to know a potential future president.
However, his name was under discussion for some domestic leadership positions as well, according to Axios.
“China isn’t the only foreign post where Buttigieg, a polyglot, could end up — and his name remains under discussion for some domestic leadership positions as well,” Axios reported.
Biden decided against Buttigieg as his ambassador to the United Nations, the job was said to be Buttigieg’s top choice.
Biden has compared Buttigieg to his late son, Beau.
Biden said of Buttigieg in the past, “I don’t think I’ve ever done this before, but he reminds me of my son Beau. I know that may not mean much to most people, but, to me, it’s the highest compliment I can give any man or woman.”
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VIDEO: Chinese military plane comes ‘dangerously’ close to U.S. aircraft over South China Sea
The United States Army recorded and released unnerving video of a close encounter with a Chinese jet over the South China Sea. The Chinese military plane came “dangerously” close to the U.S. military aircraft in the international airspace last week, the U.S. military announced on Thursday.
US, Chinese jets in close encounter over South China Sea pic.twitter.com/X8fbV84neF
— PressTV Extra (@PresstvExtra) December 29, 2022
The Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM), the command responsible for overseeing U.S. operations in the area, said in a statement that the encounter occurred on December 21, during which a Chinese Navy J-11 fighter jet flew within 10 feet (3 meters) of a U.S. Air Force RC-135, a reconnaissance plane with about 30 people on board.
According to a U.S. military spokesperson, the Chinese jet came within 10 feet of the airplane’s wing, but 20 feet from its nose, causing the U.S. aircraft to take evasive maneuvers to avoid a collision.
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