Jon Huntsman, former U.S. Ambassador to China, Speaks at University of Minnesota

Posted on May 11, 2014


The University of Minnesota’s commitment to China is remarkable. Even more remarkable is the University’s sustained commitment over a century as this year marks the 100th year since the University admitted its first Chinese student.

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It is against this backdrop that the University of Minnesota recently held its 13th annual Bob and Kim Griffin “Building U.S-China Bridges Lecture” with Jon Huntsman, former U.S. ambassador to China delivering the keynote address followed by a conversation between Ambassador Huntsman and Eric Schwartz, Dean of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

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Joan Brzezinski, Executive Director of the University’s China Center, said that “Jon Huntsman’s informed and pragmatic discussion of US-China was an insightful look at the many complexities of this relationship and the challenges and opportunities that leadership in both countries face.”

The Video of Ambassador Huntsman’s speech, including introductions and the conversation is 90 minutes. It is led off with interesting introductions by Ms. Brzezinski and Dean Schwartz. Those of you wishing to go directly to Ambassador Huntsman’s remarks can go to minute 14:30. His formal remarks end at roughly minute 38 which is also where his conversation with Dean Schwartz begins. The video of his remarks can be accessed here:

Jon Huntsman Keynote Speech

The “U”, as it is affectionately referred to in Minnesota, noted on its website announcing these events that “China 100 is a yearlong celebration honoring the first students from China and the wealth of connections that UofM China Center -100 Logohave come since. This celebration honors the past and takes a look forward at the engagement between the University of Minnesota and China.” Interestingly, a  grand child of the first Chinese student to enroll at the University attended the lecture.

Ambassador Huntsman was the keynote speaker for a symposium which was a reflection of China 100 in that it was both a retrospective celebrating China 100 and looking forward to what’s next. More information on China 100 is posted here>>. Previous Griffin Lectures can be accessed here>>.