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November 20, 2013

It was announced today that Ambassador Gary Locke will be resigning from his position as U.S. Ambassador to China. Gary Locke served as the United States’ 10th ambassador to the People’s Republic of China. He was also the first Chinese-American in this position. He has served as Ambassador since August 2011 and plans to leave his post in early 2014.

Currently, there is no news on who might be considered to replace Gary Locke as Ambassador. Ambassadors serve as the primary on-the-ground representative of the United States in other countries. They are vital to the fostering and continuation of positive relations between the U.S. and other countries and instrumental in rapidly responding to any unexpected political or diplomatic challenges that occur. Because the U.S.-China relationship is arguably one of the most important bilateral relationship in the world, the choice of the future U.S. Ambassador to China is extremely important.

For more information see the articles below:

Washington Post– “U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke to step down, rejoin family in Seattle

Associated Press– “US Ambassador to China to Step Down Early in 2014

New York Times– “Gary Locke to Leave as U.S. Ambassador to China

China Daily– “US ambassador to China resigns