Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Secretary Locke Leaving Commerce Dept.?

Press reports indicate that Commerce Secretary Gary Locke is expected to become the next US ambassador to China, taking over for Jon Huntsman.  In a March 9 press release, President Obama stated

In replacing Ambassador Huntsman, I can think of nobody who is more qualified than Gary Locke.  More than 100 years ago, Gary’s grandfather left China on a steamship bound for America, where he worked as a domestic servant in Washington State.  A century later, his grandson will return to China as America’s top diplomat.
[A]s Commerce Secretary, Gary oversaw a Census process that ended on time and under budget, returning $2 billion to American taxpayers.  He’s earned the trust of business leaders across America by listening to their concerns, making it easier for them to export their goods abroad, and dramatically reducing the time it takes to get a patent.  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.

Locke enjoys overwhelming support from various groups, and is expected to breeze through the confirmation process.

For more, see, "US: Apparel industry backs Locke as top China diplomat" (link)

AGIPNews: "Locke Nomination for China Ambassadorship Encouraging for Copyright Holders" (link)

China Hearsay: "Gary Locke to be Next US Ambassador to China. And There Was Much Rejoicing" (link)

1 Comentário:

Trademark Litigation said...

Here is a similar story

ABC News has learned that President Obama intends to nominate Commerce Secretary Gary Locke as his next Ambassador to China.

Locke is the first Chinese-American to be Secretary of Commerce. The former two-term governor of Washington state, Locke’s father and maternal grandfather emigrated from China to Seattle. As a partner in the Seattle office of the international law firm, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Locke co-chaired the firm's China practice.

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