Prescott Bush, Jr.: Prescott Sheldon Bush Jr. is an American businessman and politicianwho is the older brother of former President George H.W. Bush and the uncle of President George W. Bush. The first child of Prescott Sheldon Bush and Dorothy Walker Bush. Brother of George H. W. Bush, Nancy Bush, Jonathan Bush, and William "Bucky" Bush. Bush has had extensive business relations in China since 1981 and admits that his name helped open doors there and elsewhere in Asia. He was well acquainted with Rong Yiren, China's "Red Capitalist" and the richest man in mainland China. As chairman of the U.S.-China Chamber of Commerce, Bush helped arrange for the first direct commercial airline flights between the two countries, and flew from Chicago to Beijing. The date of the flight, which had been pre-arranged, was the day that the U.S.-China spy plane incident began. While in China, Bush met privately with U.S. Ambassador Joseph Prueher, but both Bush and Prueher deny that Bush was involved in any Track II diplomacy. Bush was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination to the U.S.
The Bush family's ties to China go back to 1974, when President Nixon named George Bush ambassador to China. The college-age George W. Bush spent two months in China visiting his parents during his father's two-year stint.
Seven years after his brother left the ambassadorial post, Prescott Bush made his first trip to China. He later joined with Japanese partners in 1988 to build a golf course in Shanghai, the first in China. He met Jiang, who was then the mayor of Shanghai.
Prescott Bush, now 79, also developed a close working relationship with Rong Yiren, a former trade minister and vice president, who in 1993 introduced Bush to a group of Chinese business leaders as "an old friend." In 2000, Forbes publications reported that Rong, who has retired from government, was the richest man in China. The president's uncle concedes that he sometimes relied on his name to open doors, but he says any deals he made were the result of his own hard work.