An interview with Ambassador Gary Locke by China news service

An interview with Gary Locke

U.S. Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China

China News Service,


Ambassador Locke: I think that our relationship has grown significantly over the last 30 years of diplomatic relationships and certainly over the last 40 years when President Nixon first came to China. The volume of trade has grown so that for instance last year alone the U.S. exported over $100 billion worth of goods and merchandise to China and of course the Chinese sell much more than that to Americans. That has created jobs for both the people of China and jobs for the people of America.

Ambassador Locke: Of course we have a very extensive people to people exchanges. There are some 150,000 Chinese students studying in America every single year. We welcome those students. In fact we welcome a very strong and prosperous China because it’s good for the people of China, it’s good for the world, and it’s also good for American jobs.

Ambassador Locke: Let me also say I’ve been to Chongqing many times and to Szechuan province many times. I’m constantly in awe of the incredible transformation, modernization of the area. Most importantly, I’m so proud that the quality of life and the standard of living for the Chinese people has grown so dramatically. Throughout all of China hundreds of millions of people have been lifted out of poverty thanks to the opening-up policies of China and the trade between China and so many other countries around the world including the United States.

Ambassador Locke: Chongqing is an exciting city. Thank you.

November 22, 2011









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