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