Gary Locke is happy with the growing ties between China and the US economically but believes China needs to work on government transparency and more freedoms for their people. Locke is the US ambassador to China and has been trying to influence China and their policies for some time. He has tried to influence China to calm down with Japan, increase their policies for human rights, and try to clean up the smog problem that is plaguing China.
It seems as if Locke is not as happy with the economic ties as he is with the progress that he believes he is making politically in China. Both the Chinese and US economies are dependent on each other as the US owes China massive amounts of debt, and it seems as if the US is trying to leverage this relationship to try to bring freedom and equality to China.
Of the issues discussed one of the hot topics was a recent crack down of foreign reporters in China. Locke tried to warn China that their crack down on the reporters and their questionable courts are not helping enforce the governments legitimacy. The US may not be completely successful in their talks with China but due to our interesting economic ties with China, we may be one of the only countries that China will listen to.