Two years ago, Gary Locke arrived in Beijing as the new U.S. ambassador. Now, Locke has announced that he will resign his post early in 2014 to rejoin his family in Seattle. Locke handled a number of diplomatic crises during his tenure, including the visit of former Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun to the U.S. consulate in Chengdu, which set in motion the downfall of Bo Xilai, and the harboring of activist Chen Guangcheng in the U.S. embassy in Beijing. Chinese netizens bid him adieu.
Against such an exceptional backdrop and complex circumstances, we resolutely followed the decisions of the party… and worked hard to banish the serious impact of the Bo Xilai and Wang Lijun cases. We must strictly define authority in accordance with the law and… never allow any group or individual to have special rights which exceed the constitution or the law.
This burden must be removed so that Chongqing can breathe a sigh of relief.