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China's Unstoppable Move to Modernity as a Cultural State

China's Unstoppable Move to Modernity as a Cultural State

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Published by FRANCIS FUNG
China missed out on the 19th Century industrialization. This time she is moving towards modernity with determination as a Cultural State. Soon President Obama will go to Indonesia and Australia for state visits. He will be likely welcomed as a return of the favorite son and will be told that China's growth is good for Indonesia. In Australia he will hear that for the first time, a white Anglo-Saxon nation state's continuing growth is dependent on China.
In a Feb 1, 2010 PBS Charlie Rose interview, Larry Summers, economic adviser to President Obama, offered the following summary of his view on the 21st Century. First, the most momentous event in the 21st Century is the rise of the developing world, not the current financial crises. Second, the most important thing a major nation must do is to empower the growth of the vast middle class. Third, in the 21st Century we must know how to harmonize with the developing world, most of all with China.
Above vision seem in all respect a fit description of China's growing momentum as analyzed in detail by Martin Jacques's book "When China Rules the World". Contrary to the title of the book, Jacques's final conclusion is that China will not rule the world. He believes the rise of China will be the revival of the Chinese culture, and China will resume its heritage of a magnificent civilization as a Cultural State.
China missed out on the 19th Century industrialization. This time she is moving towards modernity with determination as a Cultural State. Soon President Obama will go to Indonesia and Australia for state visits. He will be likely welcomed as a return of the favorite son and will be told that China's growth is good for Indonesia. In Australia he will hear that for the first time, a white Anglo-Saxon nation state's continuing growth is dependent on China.
In a Feb 1, 2010 PBS Charlie Rose interview, Larry Summers, economic adviser to President Obama, offered the following summary of his view on the 21st Century. First, the most momentous event in the 21st Century is the rise of the developing world, not the current financial crises. Second, the most important thing a major nation must do is to empower the growth of the vast middle class. Third, in the 21st Century we must know how to harmonize with the developing world, most of all with China.
Above vision seem in all respect a fit description of China's growing momentum as analyzed in detail by Martin Jacques's book "When China Rules the World". Contrary to the title of the book, Jacques's final conclusion is that China will not rule the world. He believes the rise of China will be the revival of the Chinese culture, and China will resume its heritage of a magnificent civilization as a Cultural State.

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China's unstoppable move tomodernity as a cultural state
By Francis C W Fung (chinadaily.com.cn)Updated: 2010-03-02 09:29
China missed out on the 19th Century industrialization. This time she is movingtowards modernity with determination as a Cultural State. Soon President Obamawill go to Indonesia and Australia for state visits. He will be likely welcomed as areturn of the favorite son and will be told that China's growth is good for Indonesia. InAustralia he will hear that for the first time, a white Anglo-Saxon nation state'scontinuing growth is dependent on China.In a Feb 1, 2010 PBS Charlie Rose interview, Larry Summers, economic adviser toPresident Obama, offered the following summary of his view on the 21st Century.First, the most momentous event in the 21st Century is the rise of the developingworld, not the current financial crises. Second, the most important thing a major nation must do is to empower the growth of the vast middle class. Third, in the 21stCentury we must know how to harmonize with the developing world, most of all withChina.Above vision seem in all respect a fit description of China's growing momentum asanalyzed in detail by Martin Jacques's book "When China Rules the World". Contraryto the title of the book, Jacques's final conclusion is that China will not rule the world.He believes the rise of China will be the revival of the Chinese culture, and China willresume its heritage of a magnificent civilization as a Cultural State.Martin Jacques also argued strongly that modernity is not necessarily Westernizationspecifically in reference to China. China is so immense, following her major developed cities and regions, her rural areas still have a lot of room to grow. Jacqueswith in depth analysis to differentiate China from the European Political States alsodefined China as a Cultural State and not a Political State because of her longcivilization. Of interest, Jacques pointed out that China as a Cultural State in hedevelopment will revisit her ancient cultural heritage and rediscover her cultural rootssuch as Confucianism and Daoism and all their teaching of Harmony. Also China inher move towards pluralism will invent her own democracy. This is supported byJohn and Doris Naisbitt, in their 2009 book China's Megatrends. John and Dorisdetailed in their book that a top down and bottom up convergence democracy isemerging in China that is holding the government accountable.China's move to modernity is unstoppable despite America's intervention with the socalled Smart Diplomacy. China's growth will benefit not only her but the whole world.Further, China will not challenge America's military hard power rather in soft power because she is a cultural state. Within China as a cultural state various politicalsystems are allowed. That was the terms on which Hong Kong returned to China as
 
one country two systems. In the same way the mainland extends her hand to Taiwanfor reconciliation.China's growth is unstoppable because the momentum she has generated withinand the vast potential she has created for her continuing growth together with theworld. The Western media in its eagerness to be politically correct still writes withdeep rooted Cold War mentality. Is China really a communist state according to our Cold War definition? Will bring back the Cold War work to stop China growth?America took her eyes off the ball because of preoccupation with the Iraq andAfghanistan wars during the last ten years. During that time China achievedunprecedented growth in human history in scale and speed. In the future we have nochoice but to harmonize with China for win-win mutual growth as implied by LarrySummers. Any Smart Diplomacy in criticizing China's Internet management, sellingArms to Taiwan and meeting with Dalai Lama will only demonstrate to thedeveloping world that we are interfering in China's internal affairs. Such is the affinityof the developing world with China as the leading developing nation.China's growth for our own healthy perspective should be seen as the simultaneousgrowth of a massive collection of Chinese regions such as Pearl Delta, YangtzeDelta, Beihai Delta and cities like Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Beijing, Tianjin,Wuhan, Jilin, Xian and even Urumqi among many. Imagine this incredibly largenumber of formidable regions and cities are growing in the tradition of Japan and thefour Asian Tigers with Confucian work ethics? The Chinese government today sansany political agenda, is single mindedly focused on bringing 1.3 billion citizens to thegoal of better life with dignity according to Chinese Premier Wen JiaBao in a recentchat with Chinese net citizens. China is developing with the concept of scientificdevelopment towards a harmonious society. Harmony Renaissance is China'sdevelopment as a cultural state.There has been heavy criticism by Western media that China's economy grows byless desirable autocratic capitalism because the West believes modernization meansWesternization. This is our double standard of passing our judgment onto Chinawhen the Chinese move towards modernity is actually very similar to the way thefour Asian Tigers in their move to modernity during the 20th Century. They all followConfucius tradition with heavy borrowing of technology from the West. In China'scase however, her development model consists of a hybrid system of governmentguiding both State and private industries according to Martin Jacques. This Chineseinnovation and success is remarkable due to the ability of the State ownedenterprises can also go public and raise private capital and the private industries attimes also get federal funding. This two way flexibility is what turned around thefailing Chinese State Owned Enterprises and helped many private industries toflourish. This flexibility is what Deng Xiaoping called "Crossing the River by Feelingthe Stones" and is quite a stroke of Chinese genius.China is not a political nation state. She is a cultural state. She goes through allmeasures to prove non interference in other nation's politics. She has neither political agenda nor a development model to enforce on others. This is what makesher attractive to developing nations as a partner. China has 5,000 years of culturaltradition and preeminence. Her ancient cultural influence was extended mostlythrough harmony rather than outright conquest. A long lasting continuous culture like

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