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US names career diplomat Marut to Taiwan office

Associated Press Published: May 8, 2012

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The United States has named a career diplomat to head its de facto embassy in Taiwan.

The American Institute in Taiwan announced Tuesday that 27-year State Department veteran Christopher Marut will become its leader in August.

AIT was established in 1979 after the U.S. transferred diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing. Despite its irregular status, it is one of the larger American diplomatic outposts in Asia.

Marut previously was deputy consul general at the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong and Director of the Office of Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Island Affairs in Washington. He has been posted to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing but not to Taiwan.

Marut replaces William Stanton.