Forbes writer Russell Flannery identifies former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman as a "name to watch" in 2011, noting that he possesses something the U.S. particularly needs in its next president: meaningful knowledge of Asia.
Huntsman, a Mandarin speaker, has among other posts served as deputy assistant secretary of commerce for Asia, ambassador to Singapore, and deputy U.S. Trade Representative, and has been involved in negotiating dozens of trade agreements. In China, he has notably spoke up for the rule of law, and has had a seat at discussions with both American companies frustrated with Chinese protectionism and fast-rising Chinese entrepreneurs ready to take on the world.
Most agree that Asia is becoming the engine of world economic growth. It may be time for a politically talented Asia hand to rise into the ranks of national leadership.