Rawlings-Blake in Asia for leadership program

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is visiting China and India this week. But her tour of Asia is not a vacation-- she's traveling with the Aspen Leadership Institute's Rodel Fellowship Program.

According to its website, the program “seeks to enhance our democracy by identifying and bringing together the nation's most promising young political leaders to explore, though study and conversation, the underlying values and principles of western democracy, the relationship between individuals and their community, and the responsibilities of public leadership.”

Rawlings-Blake was in Beijing Tuesday and will head to New Delhi Thursday, aides said. They said city money is not being used to find the travel

She joins a familiar face on the trip: Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler is one of the 20 fellows participating.Rawlings-Blake has had a busy couple months of business travel, heading to Las Vegas for the International Council of Shopping Centers conference in May, catching the Indianapolis 500 over Memorial Day weekend in advance of the announcement of the Baltimore Grand Prix and attending the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Oklahoma City in June.

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