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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.    

Official Chinese media outlet uses racial slur 'banana' to insult departing US envoy

A major Chinese government news service used a racist slur to describe the departing American ambassador in a mean-spirited editorial on Friday that drew widespread public condemnation in China.

Saturday, 1 March, 2014, 3:43pm 38 comments

Scorn and gratitude in China for departing US Ambassador Gary Locke

A Chinese state-run news agency's scathing farewell to US Ambassador Gary Locke on Friday stood in stark contrast to well-wishing farewells from many Chinese citizens, who applauded his efforts to raise awareness on air pollution.

1 Mar 2014 - 1:18pm 13 comments

Reconcile with Tokyo, departing US envoy Gary Locke urges Beijing

Gary Locke said Washington was very concerned about the tensions between China and Japan over territorial rows in the East China Sea. Japan has drawn comparisons between the recent disputes and geopolitical conditions before the second world war.

28 Feb 2014 - 4:57am 3 comments

See China's countryside, outgoing US envoy Gary Locke tells Max Baucus

Outgoing US ambassador Gary Locke urged his successor, Max Baucus, to visit every corner of China, especially small villages in remote areas, to really understand what is happening in the country.

10 Feb 2014 - 3:45am 1 comment

Gary Locke measures achievements as ambassador to China in numbers

The numbers are never far from Gary Locke's mind. Average wait for a visa. Trade figures. Tallies of Chinese investment in the United States. These have been Locke's obsessions during his tenure as the US ambassador to China.

26 Jan 2014 - 5:36am

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

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.

23 Nov 2013 - 7:51am 6 comments

Two candidates rumoured to be front-runners for next US ambassador to China

Gary Locke, the US ambassador to China, announced on Wednesday that he will step down early next year, giving rise to a flurry of speculation over who will be the next candidate for the job.

22 Nov 2013 - 7:27pm 2 comments

Gary Locke receives kind parting words from old foe Global Times

The Global Times, China’s leading nationalist newspaper, has decided to part with US Ambassador Gary Locke on good terms after he announced his resignation from the job he held over two tumultuous years.

21 Nov 2013 - 1:17pm 2 comments

Gary Locke provided a level head in testing times for Sino-US relations

President Barack Obama sent Chinese-American Gary Locke to China in 2011 as point man for Washington's most important relationship - a more important job than running the US Commerce Department with its US$10 billion-plus budget and 142,000 staff.

21 Nov 2013 - 11:55am 3 comments

Gary Locke, the 'humble' envoy who was tested to the limit

Gary Locke, the first Chinese-American to serve as US ambassador to Beijing, has had an eventful 28-month tenure, marked by a diplomatic tussle over blind activist Chen Guangcheng and a defection drama that triggered the downfall of Bo Xilai .

21 Nov 2013 - 2:54pm 1 comment