US president nominates new ambassador to Vietnam

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Ted Osius (R) and his spouse Clayton Bond and their son. Osius has been nominated to be the next ambassador to Vietnam / FILE PHOTO
Ted Osius, who had been with US diplomatic offices in the Southeast Asia for many years, has been nominated to be the next ambassador to Vietnam, the US Embassy in Hanoi announced on its website on Wednesday.

If officially appointed, Osius will replace David Shear, who has held the position since 2011 and been recently nominated to be the next Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs in the Department of Defense.

According to the statement, Osius served as a political officer at the US Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City and the US Embassy in Hanoi from 1997 to 2001, before being positioned in Thailand and Indonesia.

Now an Associate Professor at the Washington D.C.-based National War College, he also served in the Philippines, India, and South Korea.

He was a senior advisor on international affairs in vice president’s office at the White House from 1998 to 2001.

A known gay politician, Osius is now married to Clayton Bond, who is an officer with the US Department of State’s Bureau of African Affairs.

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