Tales from the Trail

Locke family: from houseboy to U.S. ambassador in two generations

March 9, 2011

A century after his grandfather first left China for the United States, where he worked as a houseboy in exchange for English lessons, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke was chosen by President Barack Obama to go to Beijing as U.S. ambassador.

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U.S. Commerce Secretary doesn’t like ring of Shanghai Silicon Valley

October 21, 2009

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke says one thing he doesn't want to see is a Shanghai Silicon Valley develop from China's investment in clean energy.

Do looks matter in China?

July 16, 2009

BEIJING – Does having “a Chinese face” help two top U.S. officials in hard bargaining on energy and trade issues with the Chinese?

Obama’s 3rd Commerce pick makes rounds in Senate

March 5, 2009

President Barack Obama’s third pick to head the Commerce Department, former Washington Governor Gary Locke, made the rounds in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday hoping to win support to be confirmed for the job.