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Vishakha Desai: Not Enough 'Globally Minded' Pols in Washington




Asia Society President and CEO Vishakha Desai on CNBC's Squawk Box on Thursday, March 31, 2011.

Asia Society President and CEO Vishakha Desai on CNBC's Squawk Box on Thursday, March 31, 2011.

Asia Society President and CEO Vishakha Desai, in Singapore for the Women Leaders of New Asia conference, appeared on CNBC's Squawk Box Thursday morning local time, speaking about U.S.-China trade relations.

"There is definitely a discussion underway on the Hill and on Main Street America about protectionism — somehow that China is taking the jobs away — without understanding exactly how the complexity of trade works," Desai said.

"You don't have enough people who are globally minded, especially on the Hill," Desai added, "and this is something that is creating huge problems."