The appropriate symbol for the year of the junket would be the little rotund rich man from Monopoly, or perhaps a jet plane.
Now it's Attorney General Dustin McDaniel off on an Asian junket courtesy of a foreign government, Taiwan, ever ready to treat American politicians who might cut them a break some day.
McDaniel touts the benefits of visiting Taiwan:
LITTLE ROCK—On Tuesday, October 6, 2009, Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, and eight other state attorneys general, will depart for Taiwan as part of a National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) organized trip. While there, the delegation is scheduled to meet with scholars, politicians and high level judicial, legislative and governmental officials, including the President of the Legislative Yuan, the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, President and Chief Justice of the Judicial Yuan, and Taiwan’s President, Ma Ying-jeou.
The week-long trip aims to promote the bilateral exchange of legal policies and positions; to explore partnership opportunities; and to discuss criminal justice issues such as narcotics and human trafficking. Taiwan and the State of Arkansas have maintained a unique bond since 1983, when the two established a sister state relationship in an effort to reinforce friendly economic, cultural and legal relations. At that time, Taiwan was the largest buyer of Arkansas soybeans. Also, in 1983, Little Rock and the City of Kaohsiung became sister cities. Kaohsiung is the biggest commercial harbor and the second biggest city in Taiwan. In addition, UAMS and Kaohsiung share an official exchange program involving both faculty and students.
“It’s an honor to represent the State of Arkansas on this trip to Taiwan,” said McDaniel. “Meetings between state’s attorneys general and Taiwanese officials have been ongoing for more than 20 years, and I think both Arkansas and the nation of Taiwan stand to gain from continuing this open, cooperative dialogue.”
The Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs is sponsoring this trip and all associated expenses are covered by the Government of Taiwan.