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Gary Locke confirmed as ambassador to China

Post by Rob Hotakainen on July 27, 2011 at 11:25 am with 6 Comments »
July 27, 2011 11:32 am

Gary Locke with President Obama. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)
WASHINGTON – There was never any suspense, but it’s now official: Former Washington state Democratic Gov. Gary Locke is the new U.S. ambassador to China.

With no debate, the Senate gave its unanimous consent today to approve President Barack Obama’s choice to fill the post, which was vacated in April by Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman.

Democratic Sen. Patty Murray, Washington state’s senior senator, lauded Locke’s confirmation. She said his job of making sure the U.S.-China partnership works “is absolutely critical to ensuring our ability to compete and succeed in the 21st century global economy.”

Locke, 61, intends to move his wife Mona, a former television reporter from Seattle, and the couple’s three children to Beijing. He has served as U.S. commerce secretary for the past two years.

In 1997, Locke became the first Chinese American to serve as governor. He was elected to two terms and focused heavily on boosting foreign trade to his home state.

As the new ambassador, Locke is promising to work to open up more Chinese markets for American businesses.

When Obama nominated him in March, the president said that Locke would help him manage “one of America’s most critical and complex diplomatic and economic and strategic relationships.”

Locke’s nomination cleared the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in June, with no opposition.

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  1. truthbusterguy says:

    Bigggg whoop!!!!

  2. dster420 says:

    Moved over to China, probably a smart move, considering they(china) will own us very soon!!

  3. The Clear View says:

    and continued business options for Mona and her DC K street lobby company friends……Ah gota love the opportunities in America.

  4. dster420 says:

    So will our Country’s new name be “chinerica”?

  5. alindasue says:

    I was wondering who would replace Jon Huntsman. Former governor Locke has experience with Chinese diplomacy. He makes a good choice.

    Congratulations, Ambassador Locke! And I wish Jon Huntsman best of luck in his presidential campaign.

  6. Refrigerator says:

    Two clowns both cause me to laugh and laugh and laugh,

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