Jon Huntsman Speaks at Roosevelt House on U.S.-China Relations
On April 23, former governor of Utah Jon Huntsman, Jr.,spoke at Hunter on U.S.-China relations and their effect on the upcoming presidential elections. The event, which took place at Roosevelt House, was co-sponsored by the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College and the Hudson Institute, an internationally recognized think tank and public policy research organization.
Hunter president Jennifer Raab welcomed the packed house. She invited Dr. Der-lin Chao, director of the Chinese Division of Hunter's Department of Classical and Oriental Studies, to introduce Governor Huntsman.
Governor Huntsman is the most recent former U.S. Ambassador to the People's Republic of China (2009-2011), and the twice-elected former Governor of Utah (2005-2009). He has served in the administrations of four U.S. Presidents, having entered public service as a staff assistant to the President in the Reagan administration. He was later named U.S. Ambassador to Singapore under President George H.W. Bush, becoming the youngest head of an American diplomatic mission in a century. In his later role as Deputy U.S. Trade Representative under President George W. Bush, Governor Huntsman helped negotiate dozens of free trade agreements with Asian and African nations. Governor Huntsman was a candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.