plans to name Commerce Secretary Gary Locke as US
ambassador to China.
Mr. Locke will become the first Chinese-American to be named to the
ambassador's post in Beijing.
He would also be the first sitting cabinet member to take up the job since the
establishment of diplomatic relations with China in 1979.
decision should be applauded. Mr. Locke's strong background and network in the US, familiarity of the Chinese culture and his
connections with senior politicians in China could greatly improve communications
and mutual-understanding of the G2. This decade could mark China's great
comeback as the world's largest economy after three centuries, but the rise of
powers usually bring about conflicts (or even worse), so let's hope Mr. Locke
could make his contribution to a win-win between G2. Will China give face
to its renowned offspring with a faster RMB appreciation, a better protection
of IP and more imports from Uncle Sam? Let's wait and see.