East is East West is West, and ne’er the twain shall meet
Tuesday, 5. January 2010, 00:07:17
EASTERN CIVILIZATION, HARMONY RENAISSANCE, SOFT POWER, JAMES FALLOWS, WESTERN CIVILIZATION, HARD POWER, HARMONY CONSENSUS, HARMONY DIPLOMACY, WORLD HARMONY ORGANIZATION, President Obama, DENG XIAOPING, SUN TZE
East is East West is West, and ne’er the twain shall meetJim,I have prepared material, introduction and outline on a vast topic that you and I can assemble into a book that needs to be written and introduced to America. Over the years World Harmony Organization has published profusely on related topics such as world civilization, religion, culture, harmony diplomacy, harmony consensus, Harmony Renaissance and soft power vs. hard power.Your past publications and statements in world affairs as National Correspondent of The Atlantic Monthly qualified you as one of the few rare American thinkers of East and West development. America currently is the world power in both hard power and soft power. In terms of Daoism philosophy it is both a Yin and Yang power at the same time. China as a less endowed major nation in land and resources can never quite catch up American hard power. One however can document the unstoppable momentum that she is fast catching up in soft power as to challenge the U.S. Her ascendancy is due no less to her powerful government, ancient civilization and current harmony renaissance and harmony diplomacy drive.
Harmony belongs to both East and West civilization. America must advocate harmony as soft power before it is claimed by China and other nations. Harmony is universally cultural attractive and more inclusive than democracy and human rights. Harmony eventually will be included in U.S. China strategic dialogue in a multilateral world. You and I are Americans working for U.S. organizations. As a major power in a multilateral world America's soft power must address China's soft power growth to be equal. After all Laotze said Yin ultimately will contain Yang and the soft will overcome the hard. America is currently in a disadvantaged position because the American media has not prepared the U.S.public to understand China soft power in the multilateral world. Perhaps President Obama is more aware now but you and I together are uniquely qualified to initiate this overwhelming education task. At least I believe you and I can rally the American spirit to fulfill our manifested mission to play an important role.
Sun Tze in art of war reminds us to know thyself and thy adversary, and it is best to win without battle. The soft ultimately will prevail in a multilateral world of mutual development. Win-Win mutual development is the future. The Chinese government inherited this legacy left by Deng Xiaoping. Let us work together for U.S. China harmony consensus recognizing the wisdom in the saying “East is East, West is West, and ne’er the twain shall meet” - Mark Twain
Francis C W Fung, Ph.D.
World Harmony Organization
San Francisco, CA USA