Sunday, October 21, 2007


By Francis C. W. Fung, PH.D.

The innovative Chinese development concept of scientific development as an overall strategy for nation building was heralded by the CPC in 2004 as major national policy. Its comprehensive nature has since led to remarkable events in China. The concept of scientific development followed the idea of systematic balanced development for a just and fair society. Besides the objective of building a civil and cultured society, it also included the plan for careful scientific ecology planning to conserve energy and resources. This awareness embraces the essence of Chinese culture summarized by the Chinese saying “Tien Ren He Yi”, meaning Man and Universe in harmony. The current 17th National Congress Meeting of the Chinese CPC is continuing the momentum of building a socialist society with Chinese characteristics. Scientific development by current general leadership consensus is naturally synonymous with socialist society with Chinese characteristics. Will this universal concept of development after its success in China become a model for other developing nations? It behooves the world to watch its current and continuing development as an alternative approach to future world development.

The author made a study of scientific development as his interest and occupation since the concept early conception in 2004 as a scientist, and believed in its necessity and inevitability. China’s phenomenal rise in the last 30 years is unprecedented both in scale and speed, in human history. The nation has been able to improve its economy by leaps and bounds to now become number four economic power in the world, fast catching up with Germany to become number three. In that short time, it has lifted almost 300 million people (the size of American population) from abject poverty. What is more remarkable, this was achieved without colonial exploitation of other developing nations, a well known formula for success by Western nations during the 19th and 20th centuries.

This break neck pace of development is magnified in a nation of 1.3 Billion (almost one quarter of the world’s population) where the problems of scale are expected. Can China look to the West for ready solution? In part perhaps, but on the whole, China must come up with solutions from her own cultural heritage. On Oct 8, 2006, The Sixth Plenum of the 16th CPC meeting announced to the world “The decision to build a harmonious socialist society by 2020”. Among the objectives are “ the socialist democratic and legal system is further improved; the fundamental principle of administering the country according to law is implemented in an all-around way; people’s rights and interests enjoy correct respect and guarantee; widening of gap between urban and rural development and development between different regions is gradually reversed; a reasonable and orderly income distribution pattern takes shape in general; wealth of households increases universally and people lead more affluent lives;------further progress is made in fostering a sound moral atmosphere and harmonious interpersonal relation;----efficiency of utilization of resources is enhanced markedly and visible improvement in ecology environment is achieved.”

Harmony is a universal common value and is also the essence of Chinese culture. It is a natural consequence for scientific development to lead to harmony society. The spirit of both 16th and 17th CPC National Congress clearly demonstrates harmony. Einstein once said “Mother Nature is not without order, from unbalance will come order.” Nature’s order is dynamic balance which is harmony. This is the essence of ancient Chinese wisdom and philosophy. Harmony is China’s contribution to world culture. Harmony denounces violence. It embraces the human virtues of tolerance, acceptance, respect, equity, forgiveness and humility. In rediscovering harmony, China rediscovers her own roots. No nation can stand up without her own roots.

In China’s 5000 years of recorded continuous history, there might be civil strife but harmony always returned to maintain continuity. Harmony imbued in the Chinese mind a sense of peace of mind. That is why China did not feel the urge to create a major religion of her own. Throughout her history she accepted all other major world religions and harmonized them as her own. In her long history, major religious war was noticeably absent. As we watch China’s scientific development again leading her to the grand goal of harmonious society, will the world follow? Perhaps as China builds its socialist society with harmony she will resonate with the world. Harmony propagates by resonance through mutual development; resonance is nature’s preferred way of propagation.

Whether China’s 16th and 17th CPC National Congress will lead China to a harmonious society remains to be seen. But the seeds of harmony will lead to world harmony renaissance. It is the wave of creative energy that human has been waiting for to bring us to the next level of accomplishment beyond European Renaissance. Harmony is universal common value and renaissance will give it life.

May harmony prevail in the world!

Francis C. W. Fung, PH.D.
Director General
World Harmony Organization
San Francisco, CA

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