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US Ambassador to China Will Step Down Early Next Year

Gary Locke says he made the decision "to rejoin my family in Seattle"

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Gary Locke, the U.S. ambassador to China, announced that he will step down from his diplomatic post in early 2014 for personal reasons.

"When I met with President Obama earlier this month, I informed him of my decision to step down as ambassador in early 2014 to rejoin my family in Seattle," Locke said in a statement released by the US embassy in Beijing.

Locke's wife Mona and their three children had already moved back to Seattle earlier this year. In a column earlier this month published in The Seattle Times, Mona Locke wrote about the reasons for the move.