Gary Locke to step down as US ambassador to China in early 2014
Gary Locke, the American ambassador to China, will be stepping down early next year, the American embassy said in a statement on Wednesday.
The former secretary of commerce and governor of the state of Washington said he had informed US President Barack Obama earlier this month of his wish to leave his post to join his family in Seattle, Washington.
The 63-year-old is the first American ambassador of Chinese descent to serve in the post. Locke had been confirmed unanimously by the US senate to succeed John Huntsman in June 2011.
Read the full text of the statement.
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