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Scholar Cautions against Chinese Media’s Warm Reception toward Locke Nomination

A scholar with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences said in a Global Times article that the Chinese media should not give too much feverish attention to Obama’s nomination of Gary Locke as the upcoming U.S. ambassador to China. The article argues that “the nomination may be regarded as a friendly gesture to China, but Locke is a third generation immigrant, born and raised in the U.S. He represents the interests of the U.S. We should never have a wrong perception. Of course, he has been influenced by the Chinese culture; it’s easier for him to understand how Chinese deal with people and handle issues. Seeing such a familiar Chinese face, we should still keep a ‘sober’ mind.” The author enumerated several past ambassadors who were very familiar with China, but in the end, it was U.S. interests that determined China-U.S. relations. 

Source: Global Times, carried by Xinhua, March 11, 2011