Monday, April 4, 2016

I agree Xi Jingping is a very effective Chinese leader!!!

I agree Xi Jingping is a very effective Chinese leader!!! Xi Jingping is China's hero leader able to ride the China rejuvenation tide. For two hundred years famous Chinese leaders all dreamed of China rejuvenation, including Kong Yuwei, Sun Yatsen and Mao. Only President Xi is now effective in steering China towards rejuvenation by combining China dream, bringing back Confucius philosophy, renewal of Chinese ancient wisdom and our heritage culture and restoring of the ancient silk road (One belt One Road Initiative) and creating an innovative China!!!!!! China is on her way to become truly the Middle Kingdom again!!!!! Best of harmony Francis C W Fung Director GENERAL WORLD HARMONY ORGANIZATION

Monday, March 14, 2016

UPDATED "Tale of two nations, difference between how the U.S. dealt with the 2008 financial crises and China deals with current over capacity crises" By Francis C W Fung, Ph.D.

Tale of two nations, difference between how the U.S. dealt with the 2008 financial crises and China deals with current over capacity crises. By Francis C W Fung, Ph.D. The 2008 Global financial was caused by the Wall Street toxic mortgage investment derivatives that spread worldwide. For details see Michael Lewis book "The Big Short". Emergency action to save the U.S. economy was launched by the U.S. Treasury Department to save the Wall Street investment banks to the tune of hundreds of billions of Tax dollars. The money was used to bail out the so called too big to fail U.S. investment banks, namely Wells Fargo Bank, Citigroup Inc., Bank of America, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs etc. From Wikipedia: "The financial crisis of 2007–08, also known as the global financial crisis and 2008 financial crisis, is considered by many economists to have been the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s.[1][2][3][4] It threatened the collapse of large financial institutions, which was prevented by the bailout of banks by national governments, but stock markets still dropped worldwide. In many areas, the housing market also suffered, resulting in evictions,foreclosures and prolonged unemployment. The crisis played a significant role in the failure of key businesses, declines in consumer wealth estimated in trillions of U.S. dollars, and a downturn in economic activity leading to the 2008–2012 global recession and contributing to the European sovereign-debt crisis.[5][6] The active phase of the crisis, which manifested as a liquidity crisis, can be dated from August 9, 2007, when BNP Paribas terminated withdrawals from three hedge funds citing "a complete evaporation of liquidity".[7] The bursting of the U.S. (United States) housing bubble, which peaked in 2004,[8]caused the values of securities tied to U.S. real estate pricing to plummet, damaging financial institutions globally.[9][10] The financial crisis was triggered by a complex interplay of policies that encouraged home ownership, providing easier access to loans for subprime borrowers, overvaluation of bundled subprime mortgages based on the theory that housing prices would continue to escalate, questionable trading practices on behalf of both buyers and sellers, compensation structures that prioritize short-term deal flow over long-term value creation, and a lack of adequate capital holdings from banks and insurance companies to back the financial commitments they were making.[11][12][13][14] Questions regarding bank solvency, declines in credit availability and damaged investor confidence had an impact on global stock markets, where securities suffered large losses during 2008 and early 2009. Economies worldwide slowed during this period, as credit tightened and international trade declined.[15] Governments and central banks responded with unprecedented fiscal stimulus, monetary policy expansion and institutional bailouts.[16] In the U.S., Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009." From above we can see the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009." left the world public suffered unaccountable miseries and financial losses while Wall Street profited from the bail out. To this day the world has not recovered from this unprecedented world great recession. This is the main reason for the decline of world trade and trade in China that led to the current over capacity crises. See my publication "By 2020 the the U.S. led 20th Century Globalization will transition into the 21st Century China led globalization, U.S. left unaware". To dealt with the loss of exports and the over capacity crises caused by the U.S. 2008 financial Crises, the current China National Two Session Meetings (Chines Parliamentary Meetings), China launched the Supply Sides economics with Chinese characteristics to boost growth. This Supply Side economics is not at all like Reaganomics of corporate tax decrease to bring about trickle down economics. The growth policy include many faceted growth initiatives such as "One belt, One Road" ( See my many articles on " The Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Silk Road Marine Route"); the "Made in China 2025" industrial upgrade"; green energy growth and the innovation campaign for all. According to statistics, the last initiative has resulted in the movement of 7 new startups per hour in China today. All these and other growth initiatives are designed to keep the Chinese GDP growth at an annual growth of 6.5% this is comparing to the U.S.2.5% ,E.U. 1.7 % and Japanese negative growth rates so China will continue to be the global growth locomotive. The "One Belt One Road" initiative has already led to the launching of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank with over 60 worldwide leading nations participating and over 70 infrastructure projects signed along the new silk road, including the $46 billion China funded China Pakistan Economic Belt. As of now it is estimated that the contract signed will add 1.3% to China's annual GDP growth. Innovation, coordination, green development, opening up and sharing are the five cornerstones proposed by President Xi Jinping for China to secure resilient and sustainable growth. All these initiatives are aimed to benefit the citizens of the whole world in the spirit of "Chinese diplomacy" of "community of common destiny", a Confucian concept initiated by President Xi Jingping. In contrast, the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009." only benefited the world's top 1%!!!!! Francis C W Fung, Ph.D. Director General World Harmony Organization

Tale of two nations, difference between how the U.S. dealt with the 2008 financial crises and China deals with current over capacity crises. By Francis C W Fung, Ph.D.

Tale of two nations, difference between how the U.S. dealt with the 2008 financial crises and China deals with current over capacity crises. By Francis C W Fung, Ph.D. The 2008 Global financial was caused by the Wall Street toxic mortgage investment derivatives that spread worldwide. For details see Michael Lewis book "The Big Short". Emergency action to save the U.S. economy was launched by the U.S. Treasury Department to save the Wall Street investment banks to the tune of hundreds of billions of Tax dollars. The money was used to bail out the so called too big to fail U.S. investment banks, namely Wells Fargo Bank, Citigroup Inc., Bank of America, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs etc. From Wikipedia: "The financial crisis of 2007–08, also known as the global financial crisis and 2008 financial crisis, is considered by many economists to have been the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s.[1][2][3][4] It threatened the collapse of large financial institutions, which was prevented by the bailout of banks by national governments, but stock markets still dropped worldwide. In many areas, the housing market also suffered, resulting in evictions,foreclosures and prolonged unemployment. The crisis played a significant role in the failure of key businesses, declines in consumer wealth estimated in trillions of U.S. dollars, and a downturn in economic activity leading to the 2008–2012 global recession and contributing to the European sovereign-debt crisis.[5][6] The active phase of the crisis, which manifested as a liquidity crisis, can be dated from August 9, 2007, when BNP Paribas terminated withdrawals from three hedge funds citing "a complete evaporation of liquidity".[7] The bursting of the U.S. (United States) housing bubble, which peaked in 2004,[8]caused the values of securities tied to U.S. real estate pricing to plummet, damaging financial institutions globally.[9][10] The financial crisis was triggered by a complex interplay of policies that encouraged home ownership, providing easier access to loans for subprime borrowers, overvaluation of bundled subprime mortgages based on the theory that housing prices would continue to escalate, questionable trading practices on behalf of both buyers and sellers, compensation structures that prioritize short-term deal flow over long-term value creation, and a lack of adequate capital holdings from banks and insurance companies to back the financial commitments they were making.[11][12][13][14] Questions regarding bank solvency, declines in credit availability and damaged investor confidence had an impact on global stock markets, where securities suffered large losses during 2008 and early 2009. Economies worldwide slowed during this period, as credit tightened and international trade declined.[15] Governments and central banks responded with unprecedented fiscal stimulus, monetary policy expansion and institutional bailouts.[16] In the U.S., Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009." From above we can see the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009." left the world public suffered unaccountable miseries and financial losses while Wall Street profited from the bail out. To this day the world has not recovered from this unprecedented world great recession. This is the main reason for the decline of world trade and trade in China that led to the current over capacity crises. See my publication "By 2020 the the U.S. led 20th Century Globalization will transition into the 21st Century China led globalization, U.S. left unaware". To dealt with the loss of exports and the over capacity crises caused by the U.S. 2008 financial Crises, the current China National Two Session Meetings (Chines Parliamentary Meetings), China launched the Supply Sides economics with Chinese characteristics to boost growth. This Supply Side economics is not at all like Reaganomics of corporate tax decrease to bring about trickle down economics. The growth policy include many faceted growth initiatives such as "One belt, One Road" ( See my many articles on " The Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Silk Road Marine Route"); the "Made in China 2025" industrial upgrade"; green energy growth and the innovation campaign for all. According to statistics, the last initiative has resulted in the movement of 7 new startups per hour in China today. All these and other growth initiatives are designed to keep the Chinese GDP growth at an annual growth of 6.5% this is comparing to the U.S.2.5% ,E.U. 1.7 % and Japanese negative growth rates so China will continue to be the global growth locomotive. The "One Belt One Road" initiative has already led to the launching of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank with over 60 worldwide leading nations participating and over 70 infrastructure projects signed along the new silk road, including the $46 billion China funded China Pakistan Economic Belt. As of now it is estimated that the contract signed will add 1.3% to China's annual GDP growth. All these initiatives are aimed to benefit the citizens of the whole world in the spirit of "Chinese diplomacy" of "community of common destiny", a Confucian concept initiated by President Xi Jingping. In contrast, the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009." only benefited the world's top 1%!!!!! Francis C W Fung, Ph.D. Director General World Harmony Organization San Francisco, CA.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

BY 2020 U.S. LED GLOBALIZATION WILL TRANSITION TO CHINA LED 21st CENTURY GLOBALIZATION, U.S. LEFT UNAWARE ! By Francis C W Fung, Ph.D.

BY 2020 U.S. LED GLOBALIZATION WILL TRANSITION TO CHINA LED 21st CENTURY GLOBALIZATION, U.S. LEFT UNAWARE ! By Francis C W Fung, Ph.D. CHINA'S NEXT GREAT TRANSFORMATION TO AN ADVANCED NATION IN 2016 5 YEAR PLAN The following are the goals and missions set in the draft outline for the years between 2016 and 2020.(RE: 2016 5 Year Plan English Translation) GROWTH -- Keep medium-high growth to double China's GDP and per capita income by 2020 from the 2010 level. -- Promote innovative, coordinated, green, open, and shared development. INNOVATION-DRIVEN DEVELOPMENT -- Make breakthroughs in core technologies including information communication, new energy, new materials, aviation, biological medicine and intelligent manufacturing. -- Advance scientific research on universe evolution, material structure, origin of life, as well as brain and cognition. -- Vigorously initiate international major science projects. -- Ease the criteria for foreign talents' applying for permanent residence. -- Improve the quality and efficiency of supply and stimulate real demand to strengthen new growth momentum. -- Foster new competitive advantages of foreign trade by exporting more high-end equipment and cutting-edge products with high added value. MODERN INDUSTRIES -- Further implement "Made in China 2025" strategy and focus on manufacturing innovation and the integration of information and manufacturing technologies. -- Support strategic emerging sector and improve its share in GDP to 15 percent. -- Boost information technology, new energy vehicles, biological technology and low-carbon industries, as well as high-end equipment and materials. -- Nurture the growth of high-tech sectors involving semiconductors, robots and intelligent systems. INTERNET -- Speed up building a new generation of information infrastructure. -- Advance 5G telecom technology and comprehensively upgrade to IPv6. -- Implement "Internet Plus" and promote Internet technologies to revolutionize production and organization modes. -- Promote big data strategy to facilitate industrial upgrade and social governance innovation. -- Push forward the establishment of a multilateral, democratic and transparent international Internet governance system. ENERGY REVOLUTION -- Deepen energy revolution by establishing a modern energy system that is clean, low-carbon and efficient. -- Build a coordinated and integrated energy network. URBANIZATION -- Accelerate urbanizing rural migrants. -- Build world-class city clusters in Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, Yangtze River Delta and Pearl River Delta. MARITIME POWER -- Strengthen maritime law enforcement, safeguard maritime interests and maintain free navigation and maritime passage safety at seawaters under China's jurisdiction. -- Improve sea-related dialogue and cooperation mechanisms with neighboring countries and boost pragmatic maritime cooperation. ENVIRONMENT -- Keep annual energy consumption within five billion tonnes of standard coal. -- Implement the strictest environmental protection system by gathering efforts from government, enterprises and the public to realize environmental improvement. -- Control carbon emissions, honor climate commitments and deeply participate into global climate governance. OPENING UP -- Expand international production capacity cooperation in sectors including steel, railway, telecommunications, machinery and aviation. -- Increase service trade's share in total foreign trade to 16 percent. -- Relax restrictions in service sector for foreign capital, widen market access in banking and securities, encourage foreign investment to flow into advanced manufacturing, high-tech industries and energy saving. -- Improve business environment to facilitate win-win cooperation. -- Realize the convertibility of Chinese currency the yuan and promote its global use. -- Enhance two-way opening up of capital market, including securities and bond markets. -- Strive to sign high-standard bilateral investment agreements with more countries. BELT AND ROAD -- Quicken Belt and Road construction and expand win-win cooperation to form a new comprehensive opening-up landscape. -- Strengthen cooperation with international financial institutions, push forward the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the BRICS New Development Bank, and properly operate the Silk Road Fund. -- Build China-Mongolia-Russia, China-Central Asia-West Asia, China-Indochina Peninsula, China-Pakistan and Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar economic corridors, as well as the new Eurasian Land Bridge. GLOBAL ECONOMIC GOVERNANCE -- Safeguard the role of the World Trade Organization and push forward multilateral trade negotiations. -- Vigorously set up free trade areas with countries along the routes of the Belt and Road. -- Step up talks with the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership and Gulf Cooperation Council and on free trade area of China, Japan and the Republic of Korea. -- Push forward the establishment of free trade agreements with Israel, Canada, the Eurasian Economic Union and the European Union, as well as an Asia-Pacific free trade area. -- Continue to propel investment agreement talks with the United States and Europe. -- Actively participate in the making of international rules on the Internet, deep sea, polar region and space and of international standards. INTERNATIONAL RESPONSIBILITY -- Increase assistance to developing countries in education, medicine, disaster relief, animal protection and poverty alleviation. -- Safeguard international public security and oppose any forms of terrorism. PEOPLE'S WELL-BEING -- Lift 50 million people out of poverty and build a moderately prosperous society in all aspects. -- Fully implement two-child policy, with the total population reaching 1.42 billion. STRATEGY AND SECURITY -- Formulate and implement national security policies in politics, territory, economy, society, resources and the Internet. -- Reinforce anti-terrorism forces and increase international cooperation. -- Advance national defense and military modernization. DEDICATING AND COMMITTED TO WIN-WIN MUTUAL DEVELOPMENT, COMMUNITY OF COMMON DESTINY DIPLOMACY AND ONE BELT ONE ROAD COOPERATION AS PART OF CHINESE DREAM Under this grand undertaking as prescribed by China's 2016 Five Year Plan, by world consensus and cooperation, a much grander and inclusive 21st century globalization will be built- out to include all the emerging and developing countries resulting in growing world trade to benefit the whole world and not just the developed world as in U.S. led 20th century globalization. In this harmonious way, the world will break-out from the current fading of the U.S. led globalization caused by the 2008 world financial crises of U.S. toxic assets. BY 2020 U.S. LED GLOBALIZATION WILL TRANSITION TO CHINA LED 21st CENTURY GLOBALIZATION, U.S. LEFT UNAWARE! A great 21st century world prosperity globalization will replace today's world economic decline caused by the U.S. 2008 economic crises. The most important wisdom the world can learn from China's ancient I-Ching classic is that world civilization will continue to advance. Those who hang on to past glory and power and block advance will sure be left behind! Francis C W Fung, Ph.D. Director General World Harmony Organization San Francisco, CA

Monday, August 24, 2015

SECRETS OF TAIJI QUAN, THE ULTIMATE OF CHINESE WISDOM, MARTIAL ARTS, MEDITATION AND QI GONG UPDATED REVISITED

SECRETS OF TAIJI QUAN, THE ULTIMATE OF CHINESE WISDOM, MARTIAL ARTS, MEDITATION AND QI GONG UPDATED REVISITED I am 75 years old, and have practiced Taiji Quan for over 40 years consistently. I learned Taiji Quan from the Taiwan master Cheng Menching and followed up with Bob Smith’s book on Taiji Quan. Bob, a close friend of mine is also a disciple of Cheng Menching. Cheng who is a master of Taiji Quan and calligraphy teaches the Yang school of 38 postures. Throughout my life long practices of Taiji Quan I also read widely anything I can get hold of about Taiji Quan and consulted many well known teachers along the way. I may not claim to be a master but I certainly have benefitted from Taiji Quan tremendously. As a child I was often ill and as a youth I contracted hepatitis. It was when I was ill from hepatitis, I decided that I should learn Taiji Quan to recover from my hepatitis. Now at the ripe old age of 75 I am healthy and normal. I think I can live to 80 and see the continuing launching of the Chinese Silk Road initiatives leading to the second globalization of the 21st Century (Google my many essays on the subject related to Silk Road Initiatives). Now whenever I am sick with the flu, Taiji Quan helps me to recover from the flu faster, when I feel my liver is tired I practice Taiji Quan to relax, when I cannot sleep at night I practice Taiji Quan and I go right back to sleep. When I am troubled I meditate with Taiji Quan to clear my mind. The Taiji Quan philosophy of deflect-recoil-repulse helps me to deal with all life’s tension whether personal or of a world nature. The benefits I enjoy from Taiji Quan is numerous and comprehensive. As a martial artists I know how to deflect-recoil and repulse hard at the opponent when he is off balance. As a student of international relations I know the sustaining power of win-win mutual development will eventually lead to a multipolar world of harmony. Taiji Quan teaches me the philosophy of deflect-repulse of harmony. Harmony is not static it is a never ending balance of Ying and Yang just like the Taiji action of “Push Hands”. Push Hands is a form of Taiji contest of two opponents that predates the Japanese professional wrestling. In China whether you are a martial artist of Shaolin, Huashan or Wudong schools they all incorporate some form of Taiji Quan in their practice as you see in the Chinese movie Shaolin. According to legend Taiji Quan, literally meaning the ultimate martial arts, was developed by Zhang Shan Feng, who as a Liberian of Shao Lin Temple read all the books of Shaolin Temple. Many Chinese martial artists when they get old eventually they fall back on their Taiji Quan as the ultimate form of martial art. To practice Taiji Quan properly you often image that you are doing push hands with an opponent with your eyes closed. Try to stick to him so you can feel his push then you deflect-recoil-repulse him after you get him off balance. When you push you must root yourself to the ground push with all your force from the ground up. Rooting is very important so you maintain balance when you push. It is clinically proven that Taiji Quan practioners can maintain balance better and donot fall as easily at old age. Typical Taiji Quan master demonstration is have an old mater standing in the middle with young men rush towards him to knock him down. In the demonstrations often the old master is so well rooted that the young assailants wind up being thrown off by the old master. After you learned rooting by pushing your feet against the ground, the next is to push as hard as you can with your whole body. This constant practice of pushing with all your body with all your strength eventually will help you develop your qi. To develop your qi takes years of practice. Only after you can develop your qi can you then get the full benefit of Taiji Quan. As you push with all your might in your push hands practice you should feel your qi running from your spine towards your shoulder and out your fingertips. During this process you should feel your whole body tingling with your qi up to your fingertips. When you can feel your qi running through your body that is when your body is being strengthened and repaired by your qi. When your qi is working you should feel your fingers tingling. This is how Taiji Quan can help you to develop your qi gong. When you developed to this sublime stage of Taiji Quan practice you are on your way to enjoy a happy, healthy and fulfilled life of harmony with yourself (Google many of my essays on harmony, harmony renaissance and harmony diplomacy). Together with the deflect-recoil-repulse daily practice you will have the confidence and strength to tackle any challenge life throw at you. Enjoy your Taiji Quan practice and best of harmony. Should you have any questions feel free to contact me at fung.geneius@gmail.com. In service of world harmony Francis C W Fung,Ph.D. Director General World Harmony Organization San Francisco, CA

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

LEARN WEIQI (GO), THE HARMONY CULTURE GAME, FOR FUN

LEARN WEIQI (GO), THE HARMONY CULTURE GAME, FOR FUN UPDATED Presenter: Francis C W Fung, Ph.D., Director General, World Harmony Organization Education: B.Sc. Aeronautical Engineering, Brown University M.S. Fluid Mechanics, Johns Hopkins University Ph.D. Aerospace Engineering, University of Notre Dame Dr. Fung is an aerospace engineer by profession. His multidiscipline experience includes energy and harmony research, U.S. – China technology transfer, academic teaching of fluid mechanics, international commerce, and creative thinking. As Director General of the World Harmony Organization, he is a prolific writer. His articles on Harmony Renaissance, Harmony Culture, Harmony Diplomacy, Harmony Governance, and Harmony Faith appear regularly worldwide on leading international media and websites. From Shibumi, bestseller by Trevanian: Those interested in impressing others with their intelligence play chess. Those who would settle for being chic play backgammon. Those who wish to become individuals of quality, take up Go [Weiqi]. Weiqi, the ancient Asian chess game, is all about harmony philosophy and extending influence by applying people soft power. It is about sharing through extending influence and not about confrontation. Also known as GO in some parts of the world, Weiqi is played by two with 361 equally ranked black and white stones (influences). Players take turns to deploy a stone of their color one at a time to gain more presence (influence) on a board with 19X19 horizontal and vertical intersecting lines (in the full version) representing potential points of influence. The objective is to extend influences across the playing board, and not to annihilate the opponent’s influence or pieces leading to capturing the king as in western chess. When equally matched, players usually win by only a few extra stones on the board. Weiqi is easy to learn and fun to play, but hard to play well. It requires good mental discipline, a deep philosophical attitude, and a multi-campaign mentality. Unlike western chess, the best known computer program still loses to the best Weiqi human player, despite the advances of computer programming. Western chess is basically a game of attack in which you must take your fight to the enemy to win; you will not win just defending. In contrast, with Weiqi’s objective of spreading influence, one generally only captures opponent’s stones if it is for strategic locations and when they are in ones acquired sphere of influence. It is never efficient to capture just for capture’s sake. According to tradition, Weiqi was thought to have been invented by the first legendary sage king of China, the great Yao Shun, to teach his son to be a future wise king. To extol the harmony philosophy of Yao Shun, Confucius said in the Classic Zhongyong, “Great indeed is the wisdom of Shun! Shun likes to ask and to investigate the words of those who are close to him. He omits the bad and propagates the good. He holds fast the two extremes and uses the in-between for the people. This is what makes him Shun!” In Confucius’ harmony philosophy, from the two extremes comes the in-between. Only where there is a third that is the in-between of the two can the dispute be resolved and harmony be achieved. When there is no third, no in-between, the two will compete and fight with each other. This will lead to mutual destruction and not harmony. In ancient China, Weiqi was given the second most important position as the “must learn” discipline, along with Ku Zeng, poetry, and calligraphy, for accomplished scholars. Both Confucius and Lao Tze considered playing Weiqi as an important accomplishment for a Confucian scholar. In Asia there were also important talented ladies recorded in history who excelled in playing Weiqi. Today it is played for fun and big prize money. In modern Japan, Weiqi has attracted as many amateur female as well as male players. In modern days, among some learned circles in both East and West, Weiqi is considered as must training of business acumen for prospective entrepreneurs, along with reading Sun Tzu’s “Art of War”. It is also a recommended game at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point for counter-terrorist influence training. For today’s multilateral world, Weiqi is essential training for our youth to learn how to share in a multi-ethnic and multicultural planet. Weiqi exercises both sides of our brains in spatial and analytical skills and cultivates our use of non-confrontational soft approaches. It will be a desirable skill that will enable us to live in harmony with ourselves and with the world around us. It is a diplomat’s game to learn for the 21st century multilateral world. In this workshop, we will do a lot of practice playing between beginner students guided by experienced teacher players. By the end of this short workshop, you will have a strong feeling of accomplishment in playing and will come away with a good sense of Weiqi harmony culture. Ultimately, the play of Weiqi is not simply outright conquest nor religious influence combined with military power, as in Western chess but is a shared negotiation to achieve harmony. — photo from Wikipedia

WILL EAST AND WEST CULTURE CLASH IN 21ST CENTURY BY FRANCIS C W FUNG, PH.D.

WILL EAST AND WEST CULTURE CLASH IN 21ST CENTURY BY FRANCIS C W FUNG, PH.D. In his book “Clash of Civilizations” Samuel Huntington predicted the clashes of civilizations between Muslim and West and between China and America in 21st century. However, Zhang Liwen in his treatise “The Philosophy of Coherence and Connectivity”(He-He Philosophy) predicted the reconciliation of the 5 conflicts of the 20th century, between men and men, between men and society, between men and nature and among religions and nations by the spirit of the Coherence and Connectivity Philosophy in 21st century as sure as the dynamic balance of Ying and Yang. He claimed that China’s assimilation of foreign cultures and religions through her 5000 years of continuous history is attributed to this “He-He force” at work at every major interruption. A country’s culture experiences strong and weak periods coincides with cycles of economic and political strength. Politics is an ever changing phenomenon according to circumstances. All cultures of the world progress with time as they develop in different regions. Cultures of the world are not better or worse, they belong to all mankind and all have strength and weakness. They are diverse, like a beautiful symphony in a colorful world garden. In times of political (confidence) and economic decline the worst part of a culture shows up in its extreme form. There is no perfect political system but whether the system produces public goods or has the confidence of the public. Often when a country is economically strong its political confidence rises and it has a tendency to gloat in glory and criticize other country. In doing so it totally disregards the Daoist wisdom that “The stronger you are the more humble you should be”. A country in decline when economy is in decline will question its past especially when challenged by foreign economic power. So for a declining culture to rejuvenate it must raise its economic and educational success level first. The proper perspective of relative importance of two cultures is best visualizes through the Taiji twin fish diagram. Both have head (strength) and tail (weakness) meshing together in a spinning (progressing) circle. And they also contain part of each other in both of them. It can be said that different culture complement each other and both contain each other and progressing together. Mankind can learn and benefit from each other’s culture. The interaction of diverse culture lays the progress of world culture as a whole. From this perspective there will never be clashes of civilization. So called civilization clashes are merely under the shadow of economic and political conflicts. Economics can be improved and political conflicts are but transient. China is now at the critical stage of rejuvenation after rising from the low of centuries of colonial invasion and humiliation. Its economics is in ascendency and citizen’s moral is high. It is great time to learn from outside and the past and move forward. It is not the time to feel inferior and shy from outside challenge and future vision. Throughout China’s 5000 years of history China has gone through cycles of strength and weakness. It took China over 400 years for Confucianism, after the decline of Tang Dynasty, to reconcile with Daoism and Buddhism. It did not happen by comparing which is more superior but accepting the He-He spirit to assimilate all three into one culture as a whole. During recent times China struggled for two hundred years to rejuvenate after the invasion and humiliation by Western powers. Today under the leadership of President Xi Jinping, China is peacefully rising in the spirit of Coherence Culture (He Culture) for world mutual development and common destiny. Under President Xi Jinping’s vision of China dream, China will achieve her 2020 centennial goal of a well off society and her 2050 centennial goal of becoming fully modernized without clashing with America. By that time China would have fully assimilated East-West culture in a harmonized world under the spirit of Coherence Culture (He Culture). Francis C W Fung,Ph.D. Director General World Harmony Organization San Francisco, CA.