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China's 'Banana' Slur Shows Where America Shines

Eric Liu: America's diversity is why it still has an edge over Beijing

(Newser) - When Gary Locke, the first Chinese American to serve as ambassador to China, left the job last month, a state-run newspaper ran an oh-so-classy essay calling him a "banana." Meaning, yellow on the outside and white on the inside—a traitor to his race who is not "... More »

China Slams Departing US Envoy With Slur

State news service essay calls him 'banana' with yellow skin and white heart

(Newser) - Today was Gary Locke's last day as US ambassador to China, and Beijing is apparently happy to see the last of him. The official China News Service ran an essay that included this line:
  • “Gary Locke is a US-born, third-generation Chinese-American, and his being a banana—‘yellow
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Obama to Tap Montana's Baucus as Next China Envoy

Move takes ObamaCare critic off the scene

(Newser) - Max Baucus is set to go from being a senator serving the 1 million people of Montana to ambassador representing America to the 1.3 billion people of China. The Democrat, chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, is President Obama's pick to replace Gary Locke and officials say... More »

Beijing Declares War—on BBQs

Grills blamed for city's pollution problem

(Newser) - Grilled lamb has become a scapegoat for Beijing's notorious air pollution, Reuters finds. Authorities say they have destroyed more than 500 open-air barbecues, which they claim seriously affects the city's air quality. State media showed photos of workers cutting apart the grills, many of which are operated by... More »

China Slams US as Dissident Leaves Embassy

Chen Guangcheng taken to Beijing hospital

(Newser) - Blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng has left the US Embassy in Beijing "of his own volition" after taking refuge there for six days, according to state media. Chen—who escaped from house arrest last month —traveled with US Ambassador Gary Locke to a Beijing hospital, reports the Washington ... More »

US' New China Ambassador Vows Unity

Gary Locke is first Chinese American to fill post

(Newser) - Gary Locke was "humbled and honored" to today become the first Chinese American to serve as America's ambassador to China, showing a clear eye on cooperation between the two global powers in facing common challenges. "If our people, our business people, our scientists, our students can really... More »

Obama to Tap Energy Exec for Commerce

Former energy CEO John Bryson picked to head Dept. of Commerce

(Newser) - President Obama will nominate businessman John Bryson to lead the Commerce Department, a White House official said today. Bryson's appointment brings another private sector player into an administration that has been making a concerted effort to improve its relationship with the business community. Bryson is a former chairman and... More »

Google CEO Eyed as Commerce Secretary

Pfizer head, Ron Kirk also in running, say sources

(Newser) - The Obama administration is considering naming Google CEO Eric Schmidt as commerce secretary, sources tell BusinessWeek . Pfizer CEO Jeffrey Kindler and current US trade representative Ron Kirk are also reportedly in the running. Current Commerce Secretary Gary Locke is being nominated to be US ambassador to China. Presidents often look... More »

Senate Approves Locke as Commerce Secretary

(Newser) - The Senate today confirmed former Washington Gov. Gary Locke as commerce secretary, handing President Obama an easy victory after his first two nominees for the post withdrew. Locke, 59, was America's first Chinese-American governor, serving two terms from 1997 to 2005. He has promised to focus on job creation and... More »

Commerce Nominee Locke Sails Through Hearing

Sens. give him warm welcome at confirmation hearing

(Newser) - Gary Locke, President Obama’s third pick for commerce secretary, faced an amiable crowd during today’s confirmation hearing, the Washington Post reports. Locke’s background check was “clean and happy reading” or “boring,” depending on the senator, but not controversial. The former Washington governor—who, if... More »

Commerce Nom Locke a Rock Star in China

As Washington state governor, he cultivated deep trade ties

(Newser) - The third time was the charm for China—at least in terms of President Obama's picks to head the Commerce Department, reports the New York Times. Former Washington Gov. Gary Locke, to be introduced today as the administration's latest nominee, brings a reputation for pragmatism, a scandal-free resume, and deep... More »

Commerce Pick Has Fundraising Skeletons

Locke is no slam dunk: Malkin

(Newser) - President Obama's administration surely hopes Gary Locke will prove a relatively uncontroversial pick for Commerce after the messy Bill Richardson and Judd Gregg nominations. Not likely, writes Michelle Malkin, who covered Locke for the Seattle Times when he was Washington's governor. Locke, she reminds, faced a series of probes from... More »

Obama to Likely Tap Locke for Commerce

Ex-Wash. governor will be his third pick for the post

(Newser) - President Obama's likely third pick for Commerce secretary is former Washington Gov. Gary Locke, a senior administration official said today. Locke, a Democrat, was the nation's first Chinese-American governor when he served two terms in the Washington statehouse from 1997 to 2005. Since leaving office, he's been working for a... More »

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