Top 10 Moments of Gary Locke’s Tenure
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.