Top 10 Moments of Gary Locke’s Tenure

Gary Locke

U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke announced last week that he would step down in early 2014, after two and a half years in office. Here a look back at the top 10 moments of his tenure.

  • Aug 2011 — Impresses Chinese public by personally screaming at Starbucks barista.
  • Sep 2011 — Refuses to give up ambassadorship after Jon Huntsman calls “backsies.”
  • Dec 2011 — The Locke family stages production of A Christmas Carol for an audience of Chinese orphans.
  • Mar 2012 — Breaks diplomatic tradition by declining to have sherpas assist him on his ascent of Mount Everest.
  • May 2012 — Aids Chen Guangcheng’s escape by disguising himself as the blind lawyer and climbing the Monument to the People’s Heroes.
  • Sep 2012 — Appears among crowds of anti-Japanese protesters wearing a leather jacket; later claims he was just on his way to Yoshinoya.
  • Jan 2013 – Holds his breath for eight straight days when the U.S. embassy’s air quality meter goes off the charts.
  • Feb 2013 — Stands in line for six hours to buy his own Chunyun tickets, eschews soft sleeper for standing tickets.
  • Nov 2013 — Invokes diplomatic immunity after killing six.
  • Early 2014 — Returns to U.S. in transatlantic cargo container.

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