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Great Seal Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright
Statement on Death of Ambassador Leonard Woodcock
January 18, 2001, Washington, DC
As released by the Office of the Spokesman
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SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: America has lost a distinguished leader and a trusted advisor to American presidents from Jimmy Carter to Bill Clinton. Many of us at the State Department have lost a friend and a mentor. Leonard Woodcock, a son of the American labor movement, was the ideal choice to represent the United States as our first Ambassador to the People's Republic of China. With patience, skill and a low-key style born of long, late-night sessions negotiating on behalf of America’s working men and women, he helped guide the American and Chinese governments toward the establishment of ties that have well served the interests of our two peoples. His key role then, and subsequently, revealed the tremendous confidence and trust bestowed upon him by leaders in both Washington and Beijing.

All of us at the Department of State and elsewhere who had the pleasure of working with Ambassador Woodcock benefited from from his rich experience and mourn his loss. I offer my condolences to his wife and entire family.

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