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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

The Middle Kingdom

By John Valentine
President of the Utah State Senate

China is in the news again on technology and trade issues .

They are a good people, an ancient civilization, and are emerging as a phenomenal economic power. I believe the unfolding story of the 21st century will largely be centered on China.

The world is becoming flatter, if you believe Thomas Friedman, but it is also intricate, moderately dangerous, and colored by a thousand chapters of culture, history, tragedy, and pride.

Our actions as a people, state and nation have consequences. We are no longer shielded from the political and economic realities far beyond our mountains.

We'd be dumb as rocks to neglect opportunities to learn more about our neighbor to the west. We need to build genuine friendships and a positive working relationship with our counterparts in the Middle Kingdom.

I am sending a delegation of state senators to China in July. We'll keep you posted here on the Senate Site as events progress.


Blogger The Senate Site said...

Here is a PDF of the agreement between the Utah State Legislature and the People's Congress of the Liaoning Province.

You can find President Valentine's previous posts on China here and here (back when the Senate Site was brand new).

4/17/2007 7:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Somebody want to just tell us exactly why they are going? Any of them? How is this going to help us here in Utah?

Agreement or not... someone lay it out for me so that I understand why you feel this is justified.

4/17/2007 9:17 PM  
Blogger The Senate Site said...

Glad to. Professor Le sent us a briefing that would probably be helpful, but let me grab some sleep first and get through interim meetings tomorrow.

In the meantime, you can listen to the audio of today's Legislative Management Meeting. Senator Pat Jones asked the same question at about 3 min, 30 seconds into the meeting. Rep. Brad King spoke at about eight minutes. Rep. Dave Clark at 11 minutes. Senator Mike Dmitrich at 12:50.

4/18/2007 12:46 AM  
Anonymous Voice of Utah said...

OK, I listened, but remain skeptical. Why don't we see if this truly has such great potential for Utah businesses by asking business to foot the bill? Companies are accustomed to assessing benefits of particular marketing schemes; if they think that "planting the seeds" like this will benefit themselves in some meaningful way, they should be happy to pay for it as they have on other occasions. We could start with some of the mining companies that Sen. Dmitrich talked about.

4/18/2007 8:19 AM  
Anonymous Chairman Mao said...

Glad to see that the Utah Legislature has come to its senses and is finally supporting the People's Communist Revolution!

(Just kidding.)

4/18/2007 9:46 AM  
Blogger CapitalCarnage said...

C'mon, like a business funded trip to China would raise fewer eyebrows.

4/18/2007 12:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's the golfing like in China?

4/18/2007 1:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wikipedia has a great article on China if legislators are unfamiliar with our "neighbor to the west." I bet they could even access more information regarding the "Middle Kingdom" and all its communist ways from their blackberrys.

They also could attend a Jazz game with a lobbyist when the Jazz play the Rockets. This way they could "build genuine friendships" with Yao Ming (from China). What a great opportunity!

4/21/2007 10:24 PM  

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