Obama nominates commerce secretary to be ambassador to China

08:52, March 10, 2011      

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File photo taken on Dec. 15, 2010 shows U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke addressing the opening ceremony of the plenary session of the 21st U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade meeting in Washington D.C., capital of the United States. U.S. President Obama on March 9, 2011 formally nominated Commerce Secretary Gary Locke to be the next U.S. Ambassador to China, saying that no one is better qualified for the diplomatic post than Locke. (Xinhua/Zhang Jun)

U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday formally nominated Commerce Secretary Gary Locke to be the next U.S. Ambassador to China, saying that no one is better qualified for the diplomatic post than Locke.

"Our relationship with China is one of the most critical of the 21st century," Obama said at a joint White House appearance with Locke and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Obama said the administration has worked hard over the past two years to build a relationship with China which serves the national interests of the United States, addresses global security issues and expands opportunities for American companies and American workers.

"Continuing cooperation between our two countries would be good for America, it would be good for China and it would be good for the world," he said.

"As the grandson of a Chinese immigrant who went on to live the American dream, Gary is the right person to continue this cooperation," Obama said. "I know he would bring the same skills and experience he brought to commerce secretary to this new position that he is about to embark on."

"I wish you all the best luck in Beijing," Obama said to Locke after the nomination.

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