Conversation

09.22.15

Xi Jinping’s Message to America

Taisu Zhang, Graham Webster & more
China’s President Xi Jinping addressed an audience of more than 700 American businesspeople in Seattle on Tuesday evening on the first stop on his first state visit to the United States. Regular ChinaFile Contributors who watched the speech offer...

A Parting Shot at U.S. Ambassador, Inspired by Mao

Michael Forsythe
New York Times
Following departing United States ambassador Gary F. Locke's farewell news conference in Beijing, China News Service published a scathing review of his tenure...

Departing U.S. Envoy to China Praises Growing Economic Ties

Edward Wong
New York Times
Locke praised the growing economic ties between the two nations but said China needed to make progress in establishing the rule of law and government transparency, and in respecting freedom of expression and human rights.

U.S. Ambassador Urges China to Respect Human Rights

Christopher Bodeen
ABC
At his final news conference as ambassador, Gary Locke said that Washington is "very concerned" about the case of a minority scholar charged with separatism and a recent increase in the arrests of activists and...

China’s Awkward ‘Banana’ Slip

Eric Liu
CNN
As Gary Locke wrapped up his tenure as United States ambassador to China, he was lambasted in a Chinese state media editorial which accused him of being a race traitor, ashamed or in denial of his true heritage.

Conversation

03.02.14

A Racist Farewell to Outgoing U.S. Ambassador Gary Locke

Kaiser Kuo, Hyeon-Ju Rho & more
Reacting to departing U.S. Ambassador Gary Locke’s February 27 farewell news conference in Beijing, the state-run China News Service published a critique by Wang Ping that called Ambassador Locke a “banana.”Kaiser Kuo:Banana or Twinkie for “white-on...

Despite Baucus Nomination, Critics Cite Void in China Lineup

Mark Landler
New York Times
With his appointment of Max Baucus, Democrat of Montana, a seasoned Senate free-trader as his new ambassador to Beijing, President Obama has chosen an emissary who faithfully reflects his priorities with China, which have tended to emphasize jobs...

Conversation

11.24.13

What Should the Next U.S. Ambassador to China Tackle First?

Mary Kay Magistad & Robert Kapp
Mary Kay Magistad: Gary Locke succeeded in a way that few U.S. ambassadors to China have—in improving public perceptions of U.S. culture.  Locke’s down-to-earth approachability and lack of ostentation certainly helped. So did the...

Media

11.22.13

Farewell, Everyman: Chinese React to Ambassador Locke’s Departure

Chinese are waving goodbye to the frustratingly normal U.S. Ambassador to Beijing, Gary Locke, who announced on November 20 that he will be leaving his post in early 2014. Over 300,000 netizens discussed Locke’s resignation on Sina Weibo, the...

U.S. Envoy Optimistic About Relations

Rick Gladstone
New York Times
Amb. Locke said Xi Jinping seems “more casual and at ease with people” than his predecessors but that much remains unclear. 

China Sentences Chen Guangcheng's Nephew After Snap Trial

Peter Ford
Christian Science Monitor
The nephew of blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng is sentenced to three years in jail. 

Sinica Podcast

03.11.11

The Exercise of Power

Kaiser Kuo, Jeremy Goldkorn & more from Sinica Podcast
In the last week, power and pageantry have engulfed Beijing as China has convened its Twin Congresses: the annual meeting of the country’s two highest decision-making councils. As the Communist Party has seized the opportunity to celebrate its grip...