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Harmony Diplomacy in Work

Harmony Diplomacy in Work



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Published by: FRANCIS FUNG on Jan 24, 2008
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Harmony Diplomacy in Workwww.chinaview.cn2007-06-18 10:11:57www.worldharmonyorg.netBy Francis C. W. Fung, PH.D.BEIJING, June 18 (Xinhuanet) -- The U.S. media, which accustomed toconfrontational cold war diplomacy, has been slow to recognize thesigns of world harmony diplomacy on the rise. The profit-driven,corporate and military complex dominated American media lookssluggish when faced with the tide of win-win mutual developmentbetween nations.It remains to be seen if the U.S. media will finally learn world harmonydiplomacy and move forward to the 21st century.Besides the overbearing American foreign policy, the condescendingattitude in the media for the past 50 years, is also to blame for themistrust created between the States and other nations. A change of heart in American media will certainly help to create a better worldunderstanding for the U.S. government to continue practicing worldharmony diplomacy.The following are major current event stories showing signs of harmony diplomacy on the rise drastically under reported by the U.S.media.On Wednesday May 23, 2007, Chinese and American officials ended akey economic dialogue in Washington in agreement.The meeting was co-chaired by Secretary of Treasury, Henry Paulsonand China's Vice Premier Wu Yi.During the two day Second Strategic Economic Dialogue, top economicofficials from the two countries discussed topics covering areas of service, investment, transparency, energy and environment as well asgrowth balance and innovation.As witnessed by the fact sheet jointly issued at the closing, the twosides reached consensus on how to move forward on financial services,civil aviation, energy and environment as well as signing a number of specific agreements.One cannot help but notice that the tone of the fact sheet shows greatdiplomacy at work. This consensus is surprising because of theperennial trade friction between the two nations, particularly in light of the climate of the China bashing, which resulted from the recentCongressional trade protectionism mentality.In contrast to past foibles, President George W. Bush made the correctdiplomatic choice for U.S.-China relations, as well as for worldharmony.At a White House press conference, Bush said that the just concluded
U.S.-China Strategic Economic Dialogue is "important" and there hasbeen some progress achieved at the dialogue, stating that "this is animportant dialogue. And it's one that I thank the Chinese governmentfor engaging in."Bush also met with Vice Premier Wu Yi in the White House Oval Officeand said he appreciates China's willingness "to work with strategicdialogues in order to put in place the type of measures that reflect acomplex relationship."To set the proper tone for the consultation and consensus, theprinciple negotiators from both sides were careful in their statements."Thanks for the careful attention and joint efforts from both sides, thesecond meeting of the strategic dialogue achieved great success," saidWu. The economic and trade relationship between China and the U.S.is one of the most complicated in today's world, she said. The SEDprovides an excellent platform for both sides to "further understandingand trust in terms of strategic issues."Vice Premier Wu added
qual consultation, cooperation and win-winhave become the overall situation and defining nature of China-U.S.relations, both being stakeholders and constructive partners.""Politicizing economic and trade issues is absolutely unacceptable,since it is of no help but will make the situation more complicated,harm bilateral economic and trade relations or even cause seriousnegative impact on the progress of overall China-U.S. ties," she added.On his part, Paulson said that U.S. and China both understood that"getting the economic relationship right is vital not only to our people,but to the world economy." Paulson also said, "The purpose of this ongoing dialogue is to have candid discussions and find ways to ease,rather than increase tensions.""Now and then, the peace of the world and the progress of the worldrequired close cooperation between the two peoples of the U.S. andChina" said Henry Kissinger at the opening of the dialogue. "The mostadvanced industrialized country and the country that is growing at thefastest rate have the unique opportunity to set an example for the restof the world of cooperation and vision."The consensus reached through the SED consultation clearlydemonstrated the merit of practicing harmony diplomacy. Harmony isfostered by acceptance, respect, equity and humility. This type of nofault, win-win consultation can lead to complementary solutionsbetween any two nations. The SED fact sheet may serve as a model of harmony diplomacy with humility, practiced by two great nations withwisdom. It is often important to carry a long vision and not always abig stick in harmony diplomacy.

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