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Gary Locke

Former US ambassador to China, Gary Locke is a Chinese-American who was born in Seattle. He graduated from Yale and holds a law degree from Boston University. Locke was elected as the Governor of Washington twice, the nation’s first Chinese-American governor in history. Locke then served as Secretary of Commerce under the Obama administration in 2009 before assuming his role as ambassador to China on August 1, 2011.    


Full text: Gary Locke's statement

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 20 November, 2013, 10:58am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 20 November, 2013, 11:14am

Ambassador Locke’s Statement on Serving as U.S. Ambassador to China

Serving as the U.S. Ambassador to China has been the honor of a lifetime.  I am profoundly grateful to President Obama for providing me the opportunity to serve as his representative in Beijing  these past two and a half years – and to be the first Chinese-American to hold this position.  Helping manage one of the most vitally important bilateral relationships for the United States, with so many critical American interests at stake, has been an immense and rewarding challenge.  And living in China while representing the United States  has truly been an  exciting privilege for  our entire family. 

When I met with President Obama earlier this month, I informed him of my decision to step down as Ambassador in early 2014 to rejoin my family in Seattle. 

I am extremely proud of the work of our staff at the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in China and what we have been able to accomplish together on behalf of the American people and for U.S.-China relations.

Our efforts have focused on job creation in America by increasing exports to China, opening more markets for American companies, and promoting Chinese investment in the U.S.  We have significantly increased Chinese business and tourism travel to the U.S. by dramatically reducing wait times for a visa to 3-5 days from historical highs of 70-100 days.  And we have advanced American values by meeting with religious leaders and human rights lawyers, and visiting Tibetan and Uighur ethnic minorities in Tibet and Xinjiang. 

Finally, as I reflect on my tenure as Ambassador, I do so knowing that U.S.-China relations continue to grow stronger.  While our bilateral relationship is a complex one, I remain confident in the ability of our leaders to manage differences and increase cooperation in areas of mutual concern to the benefit of not just our two great peoples, but the entire world.


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I must say the ambassador and his predecessor were both excellent representatives of their country. And it's not an easy job...
yawn yawn. Gary Locke appointment to Ambassador to China is a race based appointment (token). Locke was not even successful as Governor of state of WA. as Amb. to China, the guy doesn't speak/read chinese (except a little bit of Toisanese, Hoisanese here and there). in college, Locke never took time to study or learn chinese culture, history. his understanding of chinese civilization and history is less than the many white guys before him.
i am happy to see him go. if we appoint a chinese american to rep. US, appoint someone who is fluent in mandarin, reads and familiar with chinese history. i am happy to see him go.
Hope the Chinese people would regard him as more than a down-to-earth, frugal ambassador who carries his own luggage and eats cheap local food. He's a representation of sino-us ideological conflict.
There is indeed no doubt that Sino-US relations assume added importance in the present world economic scenario especially for the US which is still a considerable away from tangible and sustainable economic recovery! And, anybody taking up the post of US Ambassador in China has an incomparable role to play in strengthening that relationship.
So, what did he actually do during his tenure other than wine and dine every night?


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