High Praise for Ambassador Gary Locke, From the Chinese People
U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke who has resigned
will leave Beijing on March 1, 2014.
On February 26, he delivered a farewell speech.
As “the first Chinese American Ambassador to China",
Gary Locke attracted a great amount of attention from
Chinese people and official media since he took office.
During his tenure two shocking events happened
with international implications:
former Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun and
Handong blind activist Chen Guangcheng fleeing into the
U.S. Embassy seeking political asylum.
Did Locke handle these events well?
Locke is third generation of Chinese immigrant.
During his farewell speech to Chinese college students
he said “China has a great future ahead of it."
He also clearly stated: China’s leaders should not sacrifice
“the long-term rewards of citizen engagement for a short
term definition of social stability."
Gary Locke was appointed U.S. Ambassador to China
on July 27, 2011.
During his tenure two events occurred in China that
shocked the international community.
One event was former Chongqing Public Security Bureau leader
Wang Lijun fleeing to the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu
on February 6, 2012.
More than two months later blind activist Chen Guangcheng
also fled to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing
to escape from long-term house arrest and monitoring by
the Linyi government.
Chinese senior reporter and columnist Gao Yu:
“I think he handled both events very well.He was subject
to some constraints from the U.S. Government.
If he was allowed to handle it independently, I think he
would have done it more efficiently.
He also made great efforts,such as personally getting
Chen Guangcheng into the U.S. embassy.
This is fantastic."
U.S. media revealed that Wang Lijun exposed the insider plotting
of a coup by former Party Secretary of Chongqing City Bo Xilai,
and former Secretary of Politics and Law Committee
Former political consul of Chinese Consulate General
in Sydney, Chen Yonglin:
“He handled two things appropriately.Wang Lijun did
excessive bad deeds. He is notorious.
He went to the U.S. embassy to get a chance to live
as a result of internal struggles.
If the U.S. protected Wang Lijun, it would be a mistake."
Chen Guangcheng endured long-term persecution,
and was even deprived of basic living conditions
by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), the Political and
Law Committee and local authorities,
for exposing local officials’ crime of human rights violations,
and even disregarding human life in the implementation
of the family planning policy.
Chen Yonglin: “Chen Guangcheng sought asylum
to get humanitarian protection for his family.
This is also a representation of the most vulnerable groups.
Protecting him is to protect China’s conscience.
In fact by protecting Chen, the U.S. clearly showed
its human rights policy to China."
Locke’ every move in China were the subject of people’s
and official’s attention,
such as him flying economy class,staying in cheaper rate hotels,
monitoring and publishing Beijing’s air pollution index at the U.S.
and understanding the human rights situation by visiting
schools of migrant workers, and Tibet.
The CCP media has been openly criticizing him. Chinese people
think Locke impacted and inspired Chinese people’s thinking.
Chen Yonglin: “Locke is really an outstanding Ambassador
of Chinese descent.
He is proud of being a Chinese American, but he was not
proud of the CCP’s dictatorship and authoritarian regime.
He feels it is a disgrace. He hopes to promote China into a country
of more democracy, freedom, human rights and progress."
In his farewell speech, Locke stressed: “But reaching its full
potential will depend on a neutral and respected judiciary,
an active set of dedicated lawyers, wise leadership, but most
of all, reverence toward the rule of law."
Gao Yu: “I think he is a great Ambassador, emphasizing the U.S.
position to China,
spreading universal values and the U.S. concept of democracy
and freedom to China. A great Ambassador."
Locke will officially leave his position at the end of February.
He will leave Beijing on March 1, 2014.
Senior U.S. Senator Max Baucus has been appointed
as the next Ambassador to China.
Interview & Edit/Tang Yin Post-Production/Zhong Yuan