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Nicholas Platt is an American diplomat who served as U.S. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Pakistan, Philippines, Zambia, and as a high level diplomat in Canada, China, Hong Kong, and Japan. He is the former president of the Asia Society in New York City. Platt entered the Foreign Service of the United States in 1959. Prior to that, he was a research assistant at the Washington Center for Foreign Policy Research. From 1959 to 1961, he served as Vice Consul in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
In 1964 Platt was assigned as political officer at the American consulate general in Hong Kong until 1968, when he became China desk officer in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. From 1969 to 1971, Platt was Chief of the Asian Communist Areas Division of the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. From 1971-1973, he served as Deputy Director, and then Director, of the Secretariat Staff in the Department of State.