By John Valentine
President of the Utah State Senate
China is in the news again
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.