Sorry for the lack of posts this week. I’ve been in Manhattan chasing the Chinese dragon with limited time and Internet access. I was as a fabulous conference on China and intellectual property, an issue of great interest for those of us who care about patents and other forms of intellectual property. Made some new friends from China and the States, gained a little guanxi, learned a ton about law and business in China, and stared into the face of the world’s Chinese future. As far as I can tell, we cannot avoid a world that will be increasingly dominated by China, like it or not. Yes, I’ve been busily brushing up my Mandarin that I studied back at BYU, and would encourage more of you to take Mandarin classes.
I had some wonderful conversations with the father of China’s patent system, a kind and wise man that I respect. Before I rushed off to the airport today, he told me that he had met other Mormons and went on about how he respects their values and goodness and so forth. Naturally, I told him that we have plenty of problems and aren’t all that good, but I was grateful to hear his kind comments.
I don’t know when religious freedom will become a reality in China, but that time will come and may catch us all by surprise. Will the Church be ready for that amazing day?
Qing nimen dou yubei hao.