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(CNN) - President Barack Obama Friday announced he will nominate longtime Democratic Sen. Max Baucus of Montana as U.S. ambassador to China.
"(I'm) honored, very humbled, and it's very rewarding to be able to continue public service. That's what makes me alive, I love service, I like trying to solve people's problems and this is a new challenge that I'm very looking forward to," Baucus told CNN.
"China is one of the most, if not the most important relationship in the country, in the world – it's up there and I very much want to help the President," said Baucus.