Geosun, a lighting manufacturer, is suing a company owned by Wade Lee, claiming that Lee’s U.S.-based company, EML Technologies, owes Geosun $11 million. Lee is the brother-in-law of U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke, Mona Locke’s brother.
The U.S. embassy in China was earlier quoted as saying the case was not related to Locke himself though Geosun, via popular microblogging site Sina Weibo, claimed that Locke spoke highly of EML Technologies to government officials in 2003 and 2008, before he was ambassador. Geosun claimed that trade between the two companies increased significantly after those remarks.
However, there is no public record of Locke making such remarks.
Others are split on this controversy. Some internet users have criticized Locke for being corrupt, for not separating his station with his own business interests. Others say that
Locke has nothing to do with the suit.
A relative of the Lee family spoke on the condition of anonymity. He said that Wade Lee is very upstanding, honest, and would never rip anyone off.
EML Technologies attorney Dennis Davis, of San Francisco’s Goldberg, Stinnett, Davis & Linchey, declined to comment on the case at this time. (end)