Gary Locke: Still promoting exchanges
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