Welcome to China! Your participation in this historic mission -- the largest of its kind ever organized by any state -- places you at the forefront of international trade and cooperation. I congratulate you on your vision and your commitment to persuing new and promising opportunities for yourselves, your companies and our state.
The Minnesota-China Partnership is a statewide initiative to promote all aspects of our relationship with China. As an ambassador from Minnesota, you are helping to shape the future of this relationship -- one that will only grow in importance through this new century. I am honored to lead such a distinguished delegation on such a significant mission.
Our mission presents many opportunities to expand your knowledge of China and your network of Chinese friends and contacts. I encourage you to make every moment count. Take full advantage of in-depth market and industry briefings with government and business officials, panel discussions, site visits, and networking receptions that have been arranged for you. The knowledge you gain and the people you meet will become tremendous resources as you plan your future here.
Again, welcome to china. Mary and I thank you for joining us on this historic mission. We wish you great success.
Ove izbore ipak je obilježio Boris Mikšić. Dečko s Trešnjevke koji je vlastitim novcem financirao kampanju, gospodarstveniku bez podrške političkih stranaka, drugi krug pobjegao je u posljednji trenutak. Iza sebe je ostavio iskusnu političarku Đurđu Adlešić, HSP-ovu uzdanicu Slavena Leticu, Tuđmanova maga Ivića Pašalića. Građani su nagradili to što je kampanju financirao vlastitim novcem. Njegov uspjeh jasna je i jaka poruka hrvatskih građana političarima - da im sve manje vjeruju. Klasična politička pljuska. Večernji list, 04. siječnja 2005.