|Gary Locke with his family when they first arrived in Beijing|
|He endeared himself to the Chinese for being humble|
In the end there wasn't enough justification for the US to take him in and this led to Bo's downfall which we saw a few months ago.
Then last May blind activist Chen Guangcheng managed to escape illegal house arrest in Shandong and fled to Beijing and sought refuge in the US Embassy.
This created a huge diplomatic crisis for the US, as then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was about to arrive for scheduled talks and didn't want this incident to anger the Chinese.
At first the embassy didn't want to confirm Chen was there, but in the end said it accepted him on humanitarian grounds and medical assistance.
Perhaps Locke's misstep was leaving Chen alone in a Beijing hospital to get his foot looked at because he broke it while escaping; as a result Chinese security stepped in, and Chen was unable to contact the embassy, nor were US diplomats able to see him. This made Chen anxious and felt abandoned, even betrayed.
|He will be forever remembered in helping Chen Guangcheng|
In the end negotiations were made for Chen and his family to go to New York.
Some speculated that Locke is leaving because of the increasingly bad air quality in Beijing, but the consulate denies this. Nevertheless his family has already moved back to Seattle and so it would only be a matter of time before he rejoined them.
So what's next for Locke? Surely he won't be out of the headlines for long.