Jon Hunstman announced yesterday that within a week, he will formally declare his intention to run for president.
Speaking at an event in New York City to promote Henry Kissinger’s new book, On China, the future presidential candidate had remarkably lucid things to say about China.
He quite rightly remarked that China’s leadership seemed more concerned with preventing domestic unrest than engaging in aggressive behavior abroad. He also pointed to concerns about China turning over roughly 70% of its top 200 leadership positions in the next few years.
Interestingly, Huntsman sees cyber security as an area where China and the United States need to be clear on rules of engagement, much as the Soviet Union and the United States established security protocols regarding the nuclear weapons use during the Cold War.
This perceptive understanding of future international security trends is well beyond that of most other Republican candidates, some of whom continue to yammer about Islamo-fascism.
Huntsman continues to show an intellectualism that has been lacking in Republican circles since Sarah Palin came on the scene in 2008.
He is definitely someone to watch carefully over the next year and a half.