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World IN BRIEF : CHINA : U.S. Ambassador May Quit His Post

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

U.S. Ambassador to China James R. Lilley, 62, a career intelligence official and a longtime associate of President Bush, is planning to step down soon from his embassy post and return to the United States, sources say. Administration officials refused to comment on Lilley’s plans or a possible successor. The leading candidate is said to be J. Stapleton Roy, who was once second-in-command of the embassy in Beijing.


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