HARMONY DIPLOMACY: CHINA'S COMMITMENT TO WORLD HARMONY
By Francis C. W. Fung, PH.D.
World Harmony Organization is dedicated to the pursuit of harmony renaissance through seeking truth. We firmly believe that world harmony can be achieved when major nations practice Harmony Diplomacy, supported by multinational Harmony Watch. The compelling reasons are traceable to the profound and dramatic changes in the world's current political stage and to the need for a more democratic new world order.
As discussed in our Harmony Diplomacy Watch article, entitled "Power Diplomacy Must Evolve Towards Harmony Diplomacy", mutual development and harmony diplomacy are becoming more and more in tune with international relations than military conquest as an instrument of power behind Power Diplomacy. The use of war as means to advance national interests is rapidly becoming less attractive when the tremendous sacrifice and cost burden are considered.
The overwhelming desire for most of the developing world is common dialogue and mutual development. Over the last three decades the need for stifling cold war contention is rapidly vanishing. On final analysis nations' achievements in economics, culture, diplomacy and values are more beneficial to their population than absolute military superiority. All these contribute to the call for harmony as the major change for world politics. The need for world harmony is based on many developing countries' own experience in their peaceful development. For example the continuing development of the major developing countries such as China, India ,Brazil and others relies heavily on a peaceful environment, trade, negotiations and harmony diplomacy. The days of colonial conquest are long gone since the independence of China, India, African, South East Asian and many other nations.
Among much of the developing world, in the perspective of world harmony, the need to be involved in the peaceful improvement of the current international system through dialogue and harmony diplomacy is compelling. This new approach will be based on the hither to neglected higher harmony common values, mutual development, international organizations and the gradual evolvement of international system towards a more equal and less confrontational harmony world.
In the case of China, her national interests coincide with the international desire for mutual development. Her concerns appear to converge on the common interests of the international community as witnessed by her acceptance of the term "stake holder" proposed by Zollick, current president of World Bank, formerly U.S. State Department under secretary of state in Far East Affairs. From the Chinese perspective, the common value of harmony has roots in ancient history and way of life as in many nations. Harmony belongs to the world and its renaissance can not be more timely.
In modern experience, ever since the founding of the new Republic, China longed to belong to the world community. She was shunned by most Western nations because of ideology difference, which was magnified by cold war strategy under U.S. leadership. China was forced into partial isolation through no choice of her own. During those difficult times, China opened itself to the world by declaring there were three groupings of nations of the world and not just the Communist and anti Communist worlds. The three parts of the world must coexist and respect each other regardless whether they are economically developed, developing or under developed. The principles of peaceful coexistence were declared by the Bandung Conference. The Principles include mutual respect of each country's sovereignty and territory integrity, and non interference of each other's internal affairs. Today there are over one hundred nations signed on to these important peace principles. China was one of the original founder and major signer.
Today, harmony renaissance will provide the common value platform for mutual respect, acceptance, tolerance and forgiveness among nations regardless poor and rich, weak and strong, or developing and developed. Between any two nations there are complementary advantages for dialogue and win win mutual developments. Nations disagreeing with us such as Cuba, North Korea and Iran have been isolated by us for too long. It is time for the U.S. to practice forgiveness. In harmony belief, justice and forgiveness must be in dynamic equilibrium. Only through the eyes of forgiveness and the wisdom that has been gained, can we see justice. We are a culture of attack, confrontation and blame. A nation living in fear of other "evil nations" eventually will march down the path of war and violence. Fortunately, dialogue is beginning and signs of harmony diplomacy are rising on all sides, as detailed in our Harmony Diplomacy Watch papers entitled "Harmony Diplomacy in Work" and "Harmony Diplomacy Essential for World Development".
New China, during the last five decades, has gone through different stages of development. Having suffered for over a century as a semi colonial state, Chinese leaders rejected the condescending attitudes of big powers in international politics. For two generations, Chinese leaders upheld justice of the world order and believed in the principle of equality of all nations. They treated all countries rich or poor as equal and spoke out against big powers interfering in the internal affairs of developing nations.
During the early 1980s, after China initiated the Ping Pong diplomacy, U.S. normalized relations with China. In her reform and opening up during the last three decades, Chinese economy grow rapidly to become one of the major driving force of the world. China today is willing to be a responsible stake holder of the international system. All these interwoven factors constitute China's harmony outlook on the world. In a resolution to drop the by gone cold war rhetoric, China's belief in equity, tolerance, justice, humility and forgiveness is stronger than ever. These are the universal values of harmony.
Chinese people along with peoples of many continents suffered greatly under the exploitation of big power colonialism, ever since the age of European expansion, for over two hundred years. The world will never revert to this despised practice of exploitation of the weak again. For two generations after the founding of the new Republic, Chinese leaders upheld international justice, equity, practiced humility and forgiveness as their personal conviction. For peace and harmony, they swear they will never stoop to the low of bullying the weak. It was China's ancient tradition as well as modern day peaceful inclination not to occupy any foreign territory by force and will not leave even one soldier as occupation force after conflict. These are specific instructions left by the founder of the young Chinese Republic that must be remembered.
Today, having accomplished three decades of remarkable economic growth, current Chinese leaders take a long strategic view on international relations. China has resolved all its neighbouring territory disputes through peaceful dialogue and discussions. Those areas not resolved yet are tabled for future mutual development. In Deng Xiaoping 's words, "what we cannot resolve today, leave to the future generations....they can be wiser." As second generation leader of new China, Deng and his peers have strong aversion to international injustice from strong personal conviction, having suffered greatly in their anti colonial, and anti imperialism revolution. From their deep suffering of a war torn nation they left their legacy to the now third generation leaders. China is committed to Harmony Diplomacy for World Harmony.
Francis C. W. Fung, PH. D.
World Harmony Organization