Cleantech Trip to China: Preparing

I will be participating in a cleantech study mission to China in late March and early April 2012.  There are over twenty participants from Washington state in the group.

Years ago, I made the mistake of participating in an international study mission and not doing any homework in advance.  I am going to try to be at least somewhat less-than-ignorant.

Joe Borich is the head of the Washington State China Relations Council.  Joe served every President from Nixon to Clinton in a China-related capacity including Consul General in Shanghai.  Of course, I have been pestering him with questions and suggestions for reading.

So my book reading list for the trip is:

  • 1421:  The Year China Discovered America by Gavin Menzies
  • Red Capitalism, Red Capitalism: The Fragile Financial Foundation of China’s Extraordinary Rise by Carl Walter and Fraser Howie
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford
  • On China by Henry Kissinger