Newly appointed U.S. Ambassador to China — and former Utah Governor — Jon Huntsman faces the new challenge of strengthening Sino-American ties on “big picture issues” diverse as the global economy, energy and climate change.
Aside from being the former U.S. Ambassador to Singapore, a Mormon missionary in Taiwan, and fluent in Mandarin, he is among the privileged to participate in one of the most spectacular diplomatic performances by an American President:
He also recounted his own childhood experience: how as an 11-year-old he was at the White House where his father was working as a staff assistant. It was 1971 and Secretary of State Kissinger invited him to his office and let him take his bag to his car before setting out on one of the path-breaking trips to China, which led to the re-establishment of relations in 1979.
“The part I remember best was when I said where are you going?” Mr. Huntsman said. “He said please don’t tell anyone: ‘I’m going to China.’ “