Swearing-In Ceremony for Ambassador to China Gary Locke
August 1, 2011
AMBASSADOR MARSHALL: Well, good afternoon. Good afternoon and welcome. It is my pleasure as the chief of protocol to welcome you to the State Department’s Treaty Room for the swearing-in of Gary Locke to be the next Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China. (Applause.) We are very privileged this afternoon to have the Secretary of State, the Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton, officiating the ceremony, but we’re also very happy to have the new ambassador’s family with us today – his wife Mona, his lovely daughters Emily and Madeline, and his son Dylan. (Applause.)
马歇尔大使：下午好。下午好，欢迎光临。我作为礼宾司司长很高兴欢迎诸位来到国务院条约厅参加下一任美国驻中华人民共和国大使骆家辉的宣誓就职仪式。(掌声)今天下午由尊敬的国务卿希拉里·克林顿主持仪式，我们感到非常荣幸。我们今天也非常高兴地与新大使的家人 – 他的夫人蒙娜、可爱的女儿埃米莉和马德琳及儿子迪伦一起出席仪式。 (掌声)
We are also very happy to have join us the chargé from the Embassy of the Peoples Republic of China Republic of China and his wife Shi Ling. I would also like to acknowledge the ambassador of Kuwait and Mrs. Al Sabah; the ambassador of Japan Ambassador Fujisaki; the U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Ron Kirk; Acting Deputy Secretary of Commerce Dr. Rebecca Blank; former ambassador to China, the Honorable James Sasser; former NSC senior director and former ambassador to Namibia, the Honorable Jeffrey Bader; as well as many, many other current and former official ambassadors who are with us today.
Please join me in welcoming these honored guests. (Applause.) We will begin our ceremony this afternoon with remarks from the Secretary, who will then administer the oath of office to our new ambassador, then the signing of the appointment papers, followed with remarks by Ambassador Locke.
It is now my great pleasure and honor to introduce the Secretary of State.
SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, I am so delighted that this day has finally come. (Laughter.) And I am especially grateful to Gary’s and Mona and their children and to all of you for your patience and persistence in ensuring that we would be here at the swearing-in of Gary Locke as our ambassador to the People’s Republic of China. And it is an exciting and proud day for this Administration to be sending Gary and his wonderful family to China. I especially want to welcome the chargé and other members of the diplomatic community and so many friends from the Administration.
It goes pretty much without saying, but I will say it anyway, that our relationship with China is an extraordinarily important one that we think has a great substance to it and a great deal to what kind of future we will enjoy together in the 21st century. We are two complex, large nations with different histories and different political systems, but we know the importance of getting to know one another better, working together, solving problems together, and that is what we have been committed to doing.
And I am confident that we have the right person in Gary Locke to follow through on the commitment made by President Obama and President Hu Jintao to a positive, cooperative, and comprehensive relationship. Gary is going to Beijing at a time when there will be a lot of work for us to do to follow up on with the Strategic and Economic Dialogue, that there will be many difficult issues and challenges to face. But I know that Gary is more than ready to tackle that.
And there’s hardly anyone we could be sending who has a reputation for working as hard as Gary Locke. I’ve known Gary a long time, and some of you have known him even longer, and you know that he has the reputation of being an extraordinarily hard worker. When he was a state representative, a Seattle newspaper once called him, and I quote, “The man who mistook his life for the legislature.” (Laughter.) But that was before Mona. (Laughter.) Because I knew Gary before Mona. (Laughter.) And Mona, we’re really glad that you’re also going to Beijing. (Laughter.)