Top 10 Moments of Gary Locke’s Tenure

Sunday, November 24, 2013
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 are the top 10 moments of his tenure.

  • Aug 2011 — Impresses Chinese public by personally screaming at Starbucks barista.
  • Sep 2011 — Maintains post after Jon Huntsman calls “backsies” on the ambassadorship.
  • Dec 2011 — The Locke family stages production of A Christmas Carol for an audience of Chinese orphans.

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Obama to Trade Chen Guangcheng for Edward Snowden

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Edward Snowden

This morning, U.S. President Barack Obama made an official call to Chinese President Xi Jinping in which he offered to trade escaped Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Below is the transcript of the illegally-taped conversation, courtesy of the NSA.

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Miniharm’s Top 10 Moments of 2012

Friday, December 28, 2012
Top 10 Moments of 2012

It’s been a whirlwind year in China. Here’s a look back at 10 moments that made us smile.

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Chen Guangcheng Screws Up First Civil Case in U.S.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Chen Guangcheng

NEW YORK — Just days after being named GQ‘s Rebel of the Year, Chen Guangcheng suffered a major setback in his pursuit of a legal career in the United States after making a mess of his first civil case in the country.

The blind activist, whose daring escape from house arrest and subsequent flight to America made headlines around the world, represented Dwayne Jarvis in a civil rights suit against the State of Oklahoma.

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Chen Guangcheng to Take Remedial English Courses before Starting School

Friday, June 8, 2012
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NEW YORK — Chen Guangcheng might have made it to the United States but his problems are far from over. The Washington Post reports that the blind dissident, soon to be enrolled in New York University’s prestigious law program, has failed to get the TOEFL score necessary to begin studying immediately. Instead, like many Chinese students who go abroad with subpar language skills, he must take remedial English courses before he can study at the university officially.

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