Sun: while China needs to improve human rights, U.S. needs to respect liberty

Washington has given Chinese President Hu Jintao a warm welcome when he arrived for a four-day visit. He will be given the royal treatment with a state dinner. When he visited the White House five years ago he was denied such an honor. Dr. B.C. Sun of Logan, an economist and advisor to China, says both sides need to realize the importance of the relationship. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Monday, Sun said it is true that China needs to work harder on Human Rights issues but she says when it comes to liberty the U.S. also needs to look inward. “We are so blessed with liberty on this land,” Sun exclaimed, “but have we used that liberty to overspend, to not discipline ourselves? Have we used that liberty to not be respectful to our teachers and to our parents and to senior citizens in our communities who have laid the foundation for our success in today’s world?” China is America’s greatest creditor and Dr. Sun says that makes it even more important that the two countries maintain a policy of friendship. With President Obama meeting with the chairman of China’s Communist party this week there is apparently tension on both sides going into the meeting. China is America’s greatest creditor but Dr. Sun says both sides should look for what she calls, “a policy of friendship.” Dr. Sun, a former professor of global business strategy at Utah State University, says China is rapidly stepping up to the way her Western counterparts do business. “At the business level, we have been working with each other for such a long time and we have been such good friends,” Sun says. “But I think there needs to be more of a dialogue between politicians and businessmen to say, ‘hey, how can we make our businesses succeed?’ But it seems to me that the politicians have their own views but business voices do not get heard.” On KVNU’s Crosstalk show, Dr. Sun said both sides need to realize the importance of the relationship. And she says a “bowing match” always works much better than a “shouting match.” Dr. Sun spoke at the Cache Chamber of Commerce Third Tuesday forum this week.

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