Harris to represent U.S. in China

Thursday, December 4, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 8:11 a.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

Missouri 25th District Rep. Jeff Harris is headed to China.

Harris, D-Columbia, was chosen by the American Council of Young Political Leaders as one of eight U.S. delegates charged with promoting foreign policy discussions between emerging political leaders around the world.

The council, a nonprofit organization funded by the U.S. Department of State as well as corporations and private donors, selects four Democrats and four Republicans between the age of 25 and 40 to represent the United States every year.

Harris will spend the next two weeks meeting with Chinese politicians and business leaders. He said he wants to discuss China’s burgeoning capitalist economy and that country’s new role in world markets. He will also talk about trade between the United States and China.

“We buy a lot more of their products than they do of ours,” he said. “I’d like to get their thoughts on that.”

Harris, who was recently elected House minority whip, said he’s honored to represent Missouri for the council.

“I will be the best ambassador I can be for our state and for our nation,” he said.

Previous Missouri delegates to the council include U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, U.S. Sen. Kit Bond and U.S. Reps. Roy Blunt and Karen McCarthy.

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