Gary Locke: Still pro­mot­ing ex­changes

China Daily (Canada) - - ACROSS AMERICAS - By YU DENG in Seat­tle lin­dadeng@chi­nadai­

For­mer US am­bas­sador to China re­flects on what’s ahead in tour­sim and world af­fairs

Gary Locke, the for­mer US am­bas­sador to China, has led US pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor ef­forts to strengthen US-China re­la­tions over 30 years. He trav­els to China up to seven times each year to help Chi­nese and US com­pa­nies on cross­bor­der trade and US-China re­la­tions. In this Q&A with China Daily USA, he shares his in­sights on the fu­ture of US-China tourism.

It is a con­tin­u­a­tion of what I was do­ing as US am­bas­sador, US com­merce sec­re­tary and gov­er­nor of Washington state, which is to help pro­mote bi­lat­eral re­la­tions, eco­nomic, peo­ple-to-peo­ple, sci­en­tific and cul­tural re­la­tion­ships between our two coun­tries. peo­ple all around the world in or­der to un­der­stand the peo­ple, the lan­guage, the cus­toms and the cul­ture of other coun­tries. From that greater un­der­stand­ing comes diplo­macy. Diplo­macy first starts with peo­ple-to-peo­ple ex­change.


Q: Does your cur­rent job also in­volve bi­lat­eral re­la­tions? US am­bas­sador to China Gary Locke vis­its stu­dents of a pri­mary school in Shang­hai in 2011.

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama de­clared 2016 the year of China-US Tourism. This rec­og­nizes both US tourism to China and China visi­ta­tion to the US. To the US, what does China’s out­bound tourism mean? Gary Locke, US am­bas­sador to China, 2011-2014

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