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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.    

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Wife of US Ambassador to China Gary Locke denies he had affair

Amid rumours about Gary Locke's exit, she says they will spend Thanksgiving in China

PUBLISHED : Friday, 22 November, 2013, 11:31pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 23 November, 2013, 7:51am
 

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Mona Lee Locke, the wife of outgoing US Ambassador to China Gary Locke, has denied rumours that her husband was involved in an extramarital affair, in an interview with Chinese state media.

Lee Locke was asked about the rumour after days of intense speculation over the reason for her husband's decision to leave the high-profile diplomatic post after little more than two years.

When I met with President Obama, I informed him of my decision
GARY LOCKE

Reports in the mainland and Hong Kong media, as well as Chinese political gossip sites, have attributed his departure to everything from Beijing's chronic pollution to his ambition to run for the US presidency. On Thursday, reports began to circulate saying he was involved in an extramarital affair.

"I assure you that this is not true," Lee Locke said, according to the China News Service.

She was interviewed in Washington, where she was attending the 100,000 Strong Foundation's annual conference at American University. Her comments were published on the news agency's English-language website.

Gary Locke has attributed his departure on a desire to move back to Seattle, Washington state, where two of his children recently returned to finish high school. He is the first Chinese-American to hold the post.

"When I met with President [Barack] Obama earlier this month, I informed him of my decision to step down as ambassador in early 2014 to rejoin my family in Seattle," Locke said in a statement announcing his decision.

Lee Locke and two of the couple's three children returned to Seattle in July as she became interim executive director of Komen Puget Sound, a local branch of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer foundation.

"She will commute to Beijing to be with Gary," Komen spokesman Jim Clune told The Seattle Times in July.

Lee Locke told CNS that she will be visiting Beijing soon.

"We have two homes, one in Seattle and the other in Beijing. I miss Beijing very much and I will go back to Beijing next week to spend Thanksgiving with Gary," she said.

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hm03
With her looks I don't think I would want to have an affair...
XYZ
The extramarital affair rumour is no more credible than the running for president rumour, which is completely ridiculous.
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It is perfectly understandable why a life-long politician would prefer to return to the U.S. with his family and cash in on his ambassadorship to China in the clean air and beautiful environment of Washington State as a trade advisor or lobbyist to U.S. companies (Microsoft or Amazon, for example) rather than stay on in Beijing.
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Indeed, who would want to stay in Locke's current position for more than a couple of years?
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johnyuan
His acceptance speech as the Secretary of Commerce which I read some years ago, it was at a level good for a presidential run. I wish Gary Locke and his family the best no matter what Locke desires to do next.
dunndavid
Gary Locke is a good guy, but no chance for anything other than very embarrassing Presidential run. Senator maybe.
jayb
great investigative reporting. now we know why he suddenly resigned barely after 2 yrs and 3 months. getting out of Dodge before you know what hit the fan.
 
 
 
 
 

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