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Lara Croft in a suit: Incoming US envoy to PH Mina Chang is a lethal weapon with beauty, brains

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(UPDATED) The United States has reportedly found the perfect replacement for outgoing United States Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim amid the Duterte administration’s continued pivot to China.

US State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary Mina Chang could be the new American envoy to the Philippines, according to insider information from the executive department.

Chang, 32, is currently assigned to the State Department’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations.

Before joining the US government, she was the Chief Executive Officer of the non-government organization Linking the World.

According to Chang’s profile on the US State Department website, she has “extensive on the ground experience in conflict areas such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Nigeria and the Philippines.”

Chang’s academic credentials are impressive. She graduated from Harvard Business School, and attended a national security seminar at the United States Army War College.

President Rodrigo Duterte has frequently lambasted the US for its criticism of his war on drugs and human rights policies.

Meantime, the US Embassy in Manila clarified that Chang is being eyed as the next Assistant Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development for the Bureau of Asia.

“We’ve seen this claim. It is not true,” the embassy said in a statement about reports Chang might be the next top US envoy in Manila.

“In September 2018, the White House announced the President’s intent to nominate Mina Chang to be an Assistant Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development for the Bureau of Asia. The nomination was referred to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in January 2019. There have been no additional White House announcements regarding her nomination to the USAID position,” the embassy said.

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