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Finally, it was our time ...
.... to visit mainland China, the proverbial elephant in the China shop of environmental concerns. Terry was born and raised in Hong Kong but had never been to the mainland. For years, I've wanted to feel the pace of development of the People's Republic of China firsthand. India and China are pivotal nations for a sustainable energy future. Why visit China? We were close by and thirsty to gain perspective.
The closing plenary at the Asia Clean Energy Forum turned out to be a big thrill. I pulled a Phil Donahue stunt, using a wireless, lapel mike so that I had my hands free, and so I could walk up and down the aisles, getting close to the audience. Right after my shot at "firing 'em up," we left the Forum, had a car waiting to take us to Ninoy Aquino International Airport, to hop a Cathay Pacific jet to Hong Kong. I was high on adrenaline for hours, and before we knew it, we were at Chek, Lap Kok (Hong Kong International Airport), where we gathered our bags and easily boarded the modern Airport Express train. At midnight we checked into the hotel in Kowloon.
Our trip to the People's Republic of China was a testament to networking. We are thankful to so many colleagues who helped us witness this remarkable country, albeit briefly. In no particular order, we thank: Wanxing Wang, Chen Jianghua, Sherley Jianghua, Yuan Ching Jianghua, Xu Jianjun, Xu Jieyan, Chen Gang, Wang Lei, Zhou Jun, Song Jindi, Yang Hua, Peter du Pont, Loren Sorkin, Chatchalapa Chongpaibul, Uwe Weber, Alexander Albaza, Russell Sturm, David Moskovitz, Wayne Shirley, Rick Weston, George the Nanjing tour guide, Fan Hong Fei, Barbara Finamore, Ralph Cavanagh, Timothy Hui, Bo Shen, Jiang Lin, Patrick Jenevein, Jeannie Katsigris, Lu Hong, and Ma Xiaoti.
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