WASHINGTON, July 27 (Xinhua) -- The U.S.-China Business Council (USCBC), a leading bilateral business organization, said Wednesday that it welcomed the Senate final approval of Gary Locke to serve as next U.S. ambassador to China.
The U.S. Senate on Wednesday confirmed former Commerce Secretary Locke as ambassador to China, making him the first Chinese-American ever take the post.
"We look forward to working with him immediately in Beijing to develop improved business opportunities for American companies doing business with China," John Frisbie, USCBC president, said in a statement.
"Ambassador Locke made U.S.-China commercial relations one of his top priorities as governor of Washington and as Secretary of Commerce; we know he will continue to do so in his new role," Frisbie added.
The USCBC knows Locke as a leader who is focused on increasing exports and improving market access for American companies, and looks forward to working with him to ensure "we build a sustainable and beneficial commercial relationship with China," noted the statement.
Figures from the USCBC showed that nearly half of the U.S. states are currently sending more than 1 billion U.S. dollars worth of goods and services to Chinese market every year.