“Stay true to your beliefs and serve our country well – we know you will!”
— Martha Choe
Chief Administrative Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
“Thank you for inspiring our young people to serve and create possibilities for their communities and our country. May your path achieve a new level of understanding in U.S.-China relations, lead to opportunites and prosperities for U.S. and China, and bring the two countries closer in business, education and humanities. And don’t forget Washington state is the gateway to Beijing!”
— Phil Smart Sr.
Distinguished Eagle Scout, just like you!
“Nothing ever stays the same: Prepare for the excitement of change!”
— Phyllis J. Campbell
Chair, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
“Being U.S. ambassador to China is a good, but very challenging job. I wish you good luck.”
— Dr. Peter Ku
Chancellor Emeritus, Seattle Community Colleges
“Don’t forget your roots and your first home Seattle. Create bridges for our state. Make full use of your adventure in China.”
— Sam Ung
Author of “I Survived the Killing Fields”
Owner of Phnom Penh Noodle House
“We are proud that you are studying Chinese and get to speak the language in China. We are also glad that your kids are blessed with the opportunity to learn Chinese and be enriched by Chinese culture.”
— State Sen. Paull Shin
“Your diplomacy, cultural awareness and background along with your expertise in trade and economic development, beginning here in Washington State and throughout your career, makes your appointment a historic opportunity in fostering U.S.-China relations.”
— Diane Adachi
Assistant Vice President for International Relations, U.W.
“Congratulations to Ambassador Locke. This is great news for us. China will certainly continue to be one of the key world centers in the future. It is good to have someone like you represent the U. S.”
— Benson D. Wong
Keller Rohrback L.L.P.
“Congratulations, and best wishes, Ambassador Locke! No matter where you work or live, we will be rooting for you — as you so capably and splendidly serve your country.”
— State Rep. Cindy Ryu
MBA (D-32nd), House Democratic Caucus Assistant Whip
“Congrats Ambassador Locke! It would be win-win for both U.S. and China!”
— Dash Debadutta
Co-chair, Washington State India Trade Relations Action Committee (WASITRAC)
“1.8 billion people are counting on you (… including me and Obama)!”
— WU CONSTRUCTION LLC