Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
. Military Space News .

Subscribe to our free daily newsletters

Obama to nominate Locke as ambassador to China

by Staff Writers
Washington (AFP) March 7, 2011
President Barack Obama plans to nominate Chinese-American Commerce Secretary Gary Locke as his new ambassador to China, to replace Jon Huntsman, who is mulling a White House bid.

An official confirmed the nomination, first reported by ABC News, on condition of anonymity. A formal announcement was expected on Tuesday.

Locke, a former governor of Washington state, has been dealing with China in various capacities for decades and has been was a key player in forging trade links with the Asian giant even before becoming Commerce Secretary.

He has also recently been among US officials who have urged China to do more to open its markets and to loosen currency controls on the yuan.

If Locke is confirmed by the Senate, his arrival in Beijing will complete a poignant personal story, after his grandfather emigrated from China to settle in far western Washington state.

Locke's father was also born in China and worked in a grocery store, while his son profited from a US education before training as a lawyer and entering politics.

Huntsman announced he would resign last month, amid reports that he may seek the Republican nomination in 2012 and try to deprive his ultimate boss, Obama, of a second term.

Share This Article With Planet Earth DiggDigg RedditReddit
YahooMyWebYahooMyWeb GoogleGoogle FacebookFacebook

Related Links
Learn about the Superpowers of the 21st Century at
Learn about nuclear weapons doctrine and defense at

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

China state media defends military spending hike
Beijing (AFP) March 6, 2011
China's state media on Sunday sought to alleviate fears about a double-digit hike in defence spending in 2011, amid concerns abroad about the nation's military intentions. Li Zhaoxing, spokesman for China's national parliament, said on Friday that China's defence budget would rise 12.7% in 2011 to 601.1 billion yuan ($91.5 billion), compared to a rise of just 7.5% last year. "The increas ... read more

Milestone Nears For European Missile Defense Plan

Orbital Launches PTV For Missile Defense Test

Ship to bolster Europe's missile defenses: US

Ukraine's Role In European Missile Defense Not Yet Discussed

Northrop Grumman Submits Final Proposal Revision for MDA's Next Gen Aegis Missile

Second Successful PAC-3 MSE Intercept Flight Test

Russia vows to sell missiles to Syria

Russia proceeds with missile sale to Syria

Fire Scout Completes First Unmanned Test Flights On Littoral Combat Ship

K-MAX Achieves Numerous Firsts During Recent Demo Flights

Northrop Grumman Awarded UAS Common Architecture Working Group Contract

AeroVironment Develops World's First Fully Operational Life-Size Hummingbird-Like Unmanned Aircraft for DARPA

LockMart Wins Role On Navy C4ISR Services Contract

ONR Moves A Modular Space Communications Asset Into Unmanned Aircraft For Marines

Northrop Grumman Next-Gen FBCB2 System Approved For Fielding

Boeing To Demonstrate Aviation Command And Control Subsystem For US Marine Corps

250th APG-79 AESA Radar Delivered

Sukhoi flies second T-50 prototype

New Design Of Through-Wall Radar Enables Increased Covert Surveillance

U.S. armored vehicles sold to S. America

Israel's top arms firm eyes privatization

EADS won't challenge tanker deal

Russia big loser in Arab arms market slump

Harvard welcomes US military back to campus

China will pursue 'powerful' military: Wen

China's Wen pledges to address 'great resentment'

China state media defends military spending hike

Obama to nominate Locke as ambassador to China

Scientists Build World's First Anti-Laser

Yale scientists build 'anti-laser'

'Air laser' could find bombs at a distance

ONR Achieves Milestone In Free Electron Laser Program

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2010 - SpaceDaily. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement