Locke vows to build positive, cooperative, comprehensive relationship with China

09:05, May 27, 2011      

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U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke attends a hearing on his nomination to be the U.S. Ambassador to China before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at the Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., capital of the United States, May 26, 2011. (Xinhua/Zhang Jun)

Nominee for the next U.S. ambassador to China and the current U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Gary Locke, vowed on Thursday that he will work to build a positive, cooperative and comprehensive relationship between China and the United States.

"In doing so, I will support our ongoing efforts to expand bilateral cooperation on a host of critical international issues, from climate change to stopping the proliferation of nuclear weapon and materials," Locke said at the nomination hearing held by the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

He said he will support enhanced exchanges between the Chinese and American peoples, especially between the youth, which was described by him as "so important" to the long-term mutual understanding.

"If confirmed, helping U.S. companies do more business in China will be a big part of what I do every day as ambassador," said Locke.

He believed that improved U.S.-China cooperation is "critical" to the world and there is "so much" the two countries can accomplish when they work together.

"While the U.S. and China will inevitably have differences from time to time, it is far from pre-ordained that those differences should lead to conflict," he said.

He also said that if confirmed, he will continue to work with China on issues on Korean peninsula and Iran.

Locke was formally nominated by U.S. President Barack Obama on March 9 as the next U.S. ambassador to China. If confirmed by the U.S. senate, he will become the first Chinese-American ambassador to China.

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