Today’s interview is with J.R. and J.T. Thornton.  We discuss the relationship between China and the U.S.

J.R.’s new book is titled “The Beautiful Country” and it is a coming-of-age story set in modern day China centering on the friendship between an American and a Chinese boy who meet while training with Beijing’s Junior National Tennis Team.

J.R.’s father, John Thornton (J.T.), is Executive Chairman of the Barrick Gold Corporation, former President of Goldman Sachs and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Brookings Institution. John has served on the boards of many large public companies including China Unicom, HSBC, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Intel and News Corporation. He is a member of the board of Ford Motor Company and also serves as Non-Executive Chairman of Pinebridge Investments. John’s interest in China began in the 1980s, when he helped build Goldman’s presence in Asia. At the time of his retirement, Goldman had become the lead underwriter for major Chinese state-owned companies.

In this interview, we cover:

  • The motives for J.R.’s book
  • J.T’s work with China
  • What it was like to constantly be in between cultures &
  • The best way to improve relationships with China and the U.S.

Be sure to grab your copy of The Beautiful Country on Amazon, Goodreads or on his website.

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