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Mar072011

Obama to Nominate Commerce Secretary Locke as US Ambassador to China

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- ABC News has learned that President Obama intends to nominate Commerce Secretary Gary Locke as the next U.S. 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.

“The president asked him to take this job because Locke had the experience and relationships necessary to take on this key post,” a senior administration official tells ABC News. “With more than two decades of experience dealing with China, Gary Locke has forged important relationships with China’s top political leadership. There is simply no one better positioned to advocate for American interests there and build on a bilateral relationship critical for the 21st century.”

The official says that “as a Pacific Rim governor and Commerce Secretary he helped lead an historic increase in trade with China. As Commerce Secretary, Locke has delivered on the president’s goal of doubling U.S. exports in the next five years (up 17 percent in 2010), led the push for patent and export control reforms and presided over a Census count that came in 25 percent under budget -- returning more than $2 billion to the Treasury.”

President Obama has had some interesting moments with his outgoing ambassador to China, to say the least.

Former Gov. Jon Huntsman, R-Utah, who lived in China as a young Mormon missionary, was appointed amidst much fanfare about bipartisanship and politics ending at the water’s edge, but he will be leaving that post in April and return to the U.S. to explore a run for president against his current boss.

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