FILE - In this May 2, 2012 file photo and released by the U.S. Embassy Beijing Press Office, blind activist Chen Guangcheng, center, holds hands with U.S. Ambassador to China, Gary Locke, at a

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FILE - In this May 2, 2012 file photo and released by the U.S. Embassy Beijing Press Office, blind activist Chen Guangcheng, center, holds hands with U.S. Ambassador to China, Gary Locke, at a hospital in Beijing. The American ambassador to China said Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 he will step down from his post early next year to rejoin his family in Seattle. Locke took up the post in August 2011 and was the first Chinese-American to hold it. (AP Photo/U.S. Embassy Beijing Press Office, File) less 

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