Nov 16 (Reuters) – Gary Locke, a former U.S. ambassador to China from 2011 to 2014, has joined legislation agency Dorsey & Whitney as a senior advisor, the agency mentioned on Thursday.
Locke, based mostly in Seattle, was the Democratic governor of Washington state from 1997 to 2005 and served as U.S. Secretary of Commerce underneath President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2011.
Locke mentioned in an interview that Dorsey has a powerful U.S.-China observe that advises U.S. firms doing enterprise in China and Chinese language firms that need to put money into the USA.
“That could be very a lot an extension” of labor he did in his prior authorities roles, Locke mentioned.
Locke was the primary American of Chinese language descent to move the U.S. embassy in Beijing. His time period was marked by a dramatic diplomatic row over the destiny of human rights activist Chen Guangcheng.
He most not too long ago was the interim president of Bellevue Faculty in Washington state. He at the moment chairs the Committee of 100, a non-profit for Chinese language People on civic engagement, coverage, arts, tradition and philanthropy, the agency mentioned.
Dorsey has suggested Chinese language firms together with specialty pharmaceutical firm Eddingpharm in a 2019 deal during which it acquired Eli Lilly’s rights in China to 2 antibiotics merchandise and a producing facility for $375 million. The agency additionally lists on its web site prior consumer engagements with Chinese language firms together with Fulum Group and By-Well being.
Locke mentioned he anticipates serving to firms navigate the complexities of doing enterprise in China and of U.S. legal guidelines and laws. He mentioned he additionally needs to assist firms associate with academic establishments to “reskill and upskill” their workers, following his function at Bellevue Faculty.
Dorsey, based in Minneapolis, has 21 places of work globally, together with in Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
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