Gary Faye Locke is the first Chinese American Secretary of Commerce of the United States and the first U.S. ambassador to China. His Chinese name is in Mandarin: Luo Jia Hui.
Locke graduated from Yale University and Boston University and had experience of a deputy prosecutor, Washington state legislator, county executive and washington governor. Locke also has served as the U.S. Commerce Secretary and was appoint the U.S. ambassador to China by President Barack Obama in March 9, 2011.
This is Obama's comment about Locke: “As our country’s first Chinese-American governor, he worked tirelessly to attract jobs and businesses to Washington state, and he doubled exports to China.
“When he’s in Beijing, I know that American companies will be able to count on him to represent their interests in front of China’s top leaders ... Continued cooperation between our countries will be good for America, it will be good for China, and it will be good for the world.”
Gary Locke is the third generation of a Chinese immigrant family. His father served in the U.S. Army in World War II before starting a business in Seattle and died about two months before his son was named U.S. ambassador to his ancestral homeland. Locke said he was saddened that his father wasn’t alive to see this.
Here is what Locke said in his statement: “I’m going back to the birthplace of my grandfather and father, and I’ll be doing so as a devoted and passionate advocate for America, the country where I was born and raised ... I’m eager to continue that work in China, and to help you, Mr. President, manage one of America’s most critical and complex diplomatic, economic and strategic relationships.”
American business leaders praised Locke’s appointment, believing that the experience Locke has had will help the important and complex relationship between the USA and China.
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