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December 5, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Ambassador Gary Locke encourages U.S. students to study abroad in China

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Exchange students improve understanding between nations

I’d like to echo Ambassador Gary Locke’s column in your newspaper. [“American students in China can build bridges of understanding, opportunity,” Opinion, Dec. 4.]

My son is studying in Beijing. He describes the foreign-student community there as thriving.

However, American students are completed underrepresented. In addition to the language, my son learns a lot about China in his interactions with local people. He dispelled many of the myths about the U.S., especially the negative ones.

Many of the foreign students in China are the future movers and shakers in their own countries. It is very important to build an international network of influential friends in our continuing global economy. I really encourage all young people and their parents to answer Ambassador Locke’s call for more American students in China. President Obama’s 100,000 Strong Initiative will serve as a cornerstone of our relationship with China.

This is especially important to our economy here, as the state of Washington is the leading trader with China.

— David F. Chan, Lynnwood

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David: Who do you suggest pays for U.S. students to study in China? Their parents or the taxpayer? Ambassador Locke? If you suggest the...  Posted on December 6, 2011 at 2:21 PM by pupsncats. Jump to comment