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 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.
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.
March 10, 2011 |
The prospect of a Chinese American becoming the American ambassador to China is rousing strong emotions in Beijing, revealing a thicket of conflicting feelings about race, national identity and patriotism. Much of the reaction to President Obama's nominee, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, whose grandfather went to the U.S. from southern China more than a century ago, has been positive. Locke is a former governor of his home state of Washington who has made frequent trips to China, often attracting enthusiastic crowds.
March 9, 2011 |
President Obama announced Wednesday that he is nominating Commerce Secretary Gary Locke as the first Chinese American to serve as ambassador to China. In a morning appearance at the White House, Obama told reporters that he was choosing Locke to replace Republican Jon Huntsman. Huntsman is stepping down from the position, possibly to run for president. In naming Locke to replace him, Obama praised his work at the Commerce Department and predicted that he will strengthen a relationship critical to U.S. interests.