Tonight’s China Town Hall at UVa has been cancelled due to the anticipated weather conditions resulting from Hurricane Sandy.
Because China Town Hall is a national simulcast, the event cannot and will not be rescheduled. Check this website in September 2013 for announcements about next year’s China Town Hall at UVa. However, anyone may register to view the webcast of Gary F. Locke here. The webcast will begin at 8:00 p.m. EST.
Ambassador Locke was sworn in on August 1, 2011 as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the People’s Republic of China on August 13, 2011. He previously served as the Secretary of Commerce where he worked to implement President Obama’s agenda to turn around the economy and put people back to work. As the administration’s point person for achieving the President’s National Export Initiative, he presided over a 17 percent increase in exports from 2009 to 2010, while exports to China saw a 32 percent increase.
Before his appointment to the President’s Cabinet, Ambassador Locke served two terms as Governor of Washington. He expanded the sale of Washington products and services by leading trade missions to Asia, Mexico and Europe.
Ambassador Locke has extensive experience working with China. As Secretary of Commerce, he co-chaired two sessions of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade that resulted in important changes to Chinese trade policy. As Governor of Washington, he strengthened economic ties between China and Washington State, more than doubling the state’s exports to China to over $5 billion per year. As a partner in the Seattle office of the international law firm, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, he co-chaired the firm’s China practice.