November 19, 2013 |
BEIJING -- Gary Locke, the first Chinese American ambassador to Beijing, said Wednesday he will leave his post early next year to rejoin his wife and three children in Seattle. The former Commerce secretary and two-term governor of Washington said his reasons for stepping down were purely personal, revolving around the education of his children, two of whom are in high school. "We wanted our kids to have junior and senior year of high school back in the United States," Locke said in a telephone interview on Wednesday from the Beijing Capital International Airport, where he was about to fly on a trade mission to Kunming in southwestern China.
October 13, 2011 |
The Chinese put up with a lot living in the world's most populous country: standing on over-crowded trains for 40 hours; sleeping outside hospitals to secure a doctor's appointment; waiting more than a year to earn a driver's license. Add getting a U.S. entry visa to the list. Applicants here have waited as long as 60 days to secure an appointment at one of five U.S. consular locations in China that process visas. There, they're often greeted by long lines, followed by a face-to-face interview that can end badly in a matter of seconds.
August 19, 2011 |
The photo looks innocent enough: Newly named U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke buys a coffee at a Starbucks in Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The former governor of Washington and first Chinese American to serve in the post has a backpack on and his daughter at his side while he makes the transaction. So why oh why has this photo gone viral in China ? Businessman ZhaoHui Tang, who snapped the photo and posted it to a Chinese social media network, explains in this Associated Press story: "This is something unbelievable in China," said Tang, a Chinese American citizen.
June 22, 2011 |
John Bryson, the former Southern California utility executive nominated to be Commerce secretary, promised senators that he would have a "relentless focus" on job creation as he tried to ease concerns that his environmental views were too liberal. Bryson, 67, faced some tough criticism during his confirmation hearing Tuesday for favorable comments he made in 2009 about legislation to limit carbon emissions. The concerns were largely from Republicans but also came from Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.)
May 31, 2011 |
President Obama on Tuesday nominated former Edison International Chairman and Chief Executive John E. Bryson to be Commerce Secretary, tapping an environmental lawyer-turned-corporate executive in hopes of reaching out to a business community that has been critical of the administration. If confirmed by the Senate, Bryson, 67, would replace Gary Locke, the former governor of Washington who was nominated in March to be the new ambassador to China. Bryson is best known for having headed Edison International, parent company of the Southern California Edison electric utility, during the state's electricity market meltdown in 2000-01.
May 31, 2011 |
President Obama will nominate John Bryson, former chairman and CEO of Edison International, to be his new Commerce secretary, the White House said Tuesday. Bryson is also former president of the California Public Utilities Commission and a former chairman of the California State Water Resources Control Board. He co-founded the Natural Resources Defense Council, a leading environmental advocacy group. If confirmed by the Senate, Bryson would succeed Gary Locke, who was nominated in March to be the new ambassador to China.