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New U.S. Ambassador Locke Recognized As Strong Advocate for U.S. Companies in China

AmCham-China is a national nonprofit organization representing the interests of some 2,600 companies and individuals doing business throughout China. Headquartered in Beijing, it has chapters in Dalian, Central China (Wuhan) and Tianjin. AmCham-China welcomes Gary Locke as the new U.S. Ambassador to China.

 

Ambassador Locke has extensive experience advocating on behalf of American companies in China. Most notably, he twice served as co-chair of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade, pressing for improved market access and better protection of intellectual property rights to help increase U.S. sales into China. As Commerce Secretary, Ambassador Locke spearheaded the Obama Administration's National Export Initiative, which aims to double U.S. exports by 2015.

 

Said AmCham-China Chairman Ted Dean, “As U.S. Commerce Secretary, Ambassador Locke was a strong advocate for America's commercial interests in one of the world's fastest-growing markets. We believe he is exceptionally well qualified to serve in his new role.”

 

Ambassador Locke has identified China as a critical emerging export market for U.S. companies. In a speech in May 2011, he noted that the U.S. and China may be at an economic turning point that would see “empowered Chinese consumers buying more goods and services from U.S. companies” and “Chinese and American innovators working side-by-side to develop breakthrough technologies.”

 

Christian Murck, president of AmCham-China, praised Ambassador Locke’s ongoing support for U.S. companies in China. “We believe, like Ambassador Locke, that improving the foundation for sustainable business growth in China will provide long-term benefits both for U.S. companies and for the Chinese economy,” Murck said.