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President Barack Obama on Friday announced he will name U.S. Senator Max Baucus, who has long worked on China trade and economic issues, as his next ambassador to Beijing, underscoring the importance of commercial ties with the Asian power. Baucus has taken a tough stance against some of China's trade practices but also led successful U.S. efforts in the 1990s to admit China to the World Trade Organization and to begin normal trade relations with Beijing. The Montanan had announced he would not seek reelection in November. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was hospitalized on Friday after feeling ill but appears to be doing better, his office said in a statement. Tests have been conducted and everything is normal," the Nevada Democrat's office said. "He is in the hospital today, alert, resting and feeling better," his office later posted on Twitter and Facebook. The Senate is expected to adjourn later on Friday for a recess until January. "Doctors have asked that he remain in the hospital for observation so he will not be working today," his office said in its social media posts. Madagascar's voters cast ballots on Friday in a run-off presidential election, but many expect old political rifts to persist and see no quick fix for their battered economy after a coup five years ago drove away investors and donors. Voters have a choice between a former finance minister backed by outgoing President Andry Rajoelina, the disc jockey-turned-statesman whom the army helped to power in 2009, and an ally of Marc Ravalomanana, the leader who was ousted in the coup. There is no clear favorite, as the candidates had little public prominence until this election. If neither wins a clear mandate, analysts say it could make for more political wrangling, prolonging the crisis on the poor island of 22 million people, of whom nine out of 10 live on less than $2 a day. The economy contracted 4 percent after the coup.