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A Vision for US/China Relations

A Vision for US/China Relations

Of what value is leadership?  How do we judge the worth of character in those on whom public trust is laid?  These difficult questions are currently at the heart of many concerns of citizens in the United States and China, and one of the reasons I’ve recently been reflecting on humility in leadership. In August 2011, a photo of former Washington State Governor and current Two great nations.  Two very different situations.  Yet, one future.U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke showed him humbly purchasing his own cup of coffee at SeaTac International Airport before departing for duty in Beijing. An inspiration to many for a variety of reasons, the photo sparked chatter in China about unethical behavior often displayed by their leaders.  Lest we condemn the ethics of Chinese leaders too quickly, let us reflect on the fact that America, too, has leadership challenges.  In one pertinent example, the downgrading of the U.S. credit rating was based on a lack of confidence in…

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