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

Outgoing US ambassador to China Gary Locke at the US embassy in Beijing on Friday. Photo: EPA

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

Outgoing US Ambassador Gary Locke speaks at a conference in Beijing on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

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 pictured at his final press conference. Photo: Reuters

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

Ambassador Gary Locke (right) is interviewed by badminton champion Lin Dan. Photo: SCMP

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

Illustration: Craig Stephens

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

Gary Locke and wife Mona at his 2011 swearing-in. Photo: AFP

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 5 comments

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

Edwin Mah Lee (left) and Steven Paul Westley (right) are both considered potential canditates for the job. Photo: SCMP Pictures

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

Gary Locke. Photo: Reuters

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

Gary Locke. Photo: Reuters

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

Ambassador Gary Locke and his family. Photo: SCMP

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

Photos: Gary Locke's two years in China

US Commerce Secretary Gary Locke rides on the MTR in Hong Kong on May 17, 2010. Photo: AFP

Gary Locke delivered his final speech as US ambassador to China at the American Center in Beijing on Thursday. Locke has served as ambassador since 2011, and is the first Chinese American to serve in the role. He is set to leave the country on Saturday. 



28 Feb 2014 - 2:58pm

Gary Locke to step down as US ambassador to China in early 2014

US Ambassador Gary Locke delivers a speech to business delegates in Beijing, September 20, 2011. Photo: Reuters

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.

20 Nov 2013 - 4:40pm 3 comments

Full text: Gary Locke's statement

US ambassador to China, Gary Locke, speaks in Shanghai March 19, 2012. Photo: Reuters

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

20 Nov 2013 - 11:14am 5 comments

US releases photos of ambassador Gary Locke’s Tibet visit

US Ambassador to China Gary Locke (centre) poses for a photo with monks at Sera Monastery in Lhasa, China's Tibet Autonomous Region. Photo: AFP

US ambassador to China Gary Locke chatted with Buddhist monks, visited famous sites and mixed with locals on a rare trip to Tibet, photos released on Tuesday showed.

2 Jul 2013 - 9:39pm

US Ambassador Locke on 3-day trip to Tibet, embassy confirms

Monks chant mantras at the site near Dzamthang Jonang monastery in Barma where a woman died on May 16 in a self-immolation protest against Beijing. Photo: Reuters

American Ambassador Gary Locke has travelled to Tibet on a rare diplomatic visit to the restive autonomous region to "increase his familiarity with local conditions", the US embassy in Beijing confirmed yesterday.

28 Jun 2013 - 5:41am