CHINA RISE MEANS HUG THE WORLD WITH RESPECTBy Francis C W Fung, Ph.D.The present paper is a definitive answer to Rob Giffords address Chinas Rise: A quest to Hug theWorld? featured by NPR (U.S. National Public Radio). The address presented the viewpoints of bothPanda huggers and Panda doubters without conclusion. As a Westerner, Mr. Gifford is not to be blamedfor drawing on limited knowledge of Chinese history and civilization for his address. Would the addresshave been be delivered by Kissinger, formerly U.S. secretary of State (author of the best seller book ONChina), who understands China as a civilization state, the conclusion would have likely be an affirmativeanswer to the question posed. The present author is a bicultural scientist currently working on SolarStirling engine for electric power generation, born in China but received all his higher education fromAmerica since the tender age of 16. He also grows up in America in a bicultural family, having married toan American wife with German ancestry. I learned my Western history from my broad minded wife,who teaches world history as her life time interest. I am heavily influenced by her in my world viewfrom an unbiased scholarly view that relies heavily on history and cultural development.There are many reasons to justify accepting China as a peaceful nation and as defined by Kissinger, acivilization state with 5000 years of uninterrupted history.This is an opinion widely held by many wellinformed world historians. This is also a claim that China often uses to remind the Western nations.However, Panda doubters often argue that the past does not guarantee future ambition will be thesame. This is where a deeper understanding of Chinese culture and national spirit will yield a moreaccurate perspective. The present author will now endeavor to make the logical conclusion to thequestion posed by Mr. Gifford by summing up relevant current and future development factors that willguide China to hug the world with respect. The qualifying world,respect, is very pertinent here.Hugging without respect is routinely practiced. When the hugger is unwilling to treat the hugged asequal and using a very condescending manner. This type of hugging is done by one side who perceivethe other as inferior without tolerance and acceptance of differences in culture or belief.According to Western thinking based on the rise of Germany in Europe before Second World War, therewill be confrontation between China, a rising power, and the reigning hegemony power, America.Panda doubters argue, this conflict of ideology, interests and religion would inevitably lead to the nextmajor world war. This type of thinking may apply to 19
Century Europe but has no relevance to Chinaand her path of development today. The genius of Deng Xioping, the late reform and opening up leaderof China, lies in his correctly predicting that the world trend is mutual development and not war.Results of the wars launched by America during the last five decades have badly sapped Americaneconomy and soft power. During the same period, the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China andSouth Africa) all have benefitted through commerce and mutual development. Through Chinas effortalone 500 million people have been saved from stark poverty and achieved a reasonable living in theshort time of thirty years. This achievement is unprecedented in human history. 80% of the people of the world have risen from stark poverty due to Chinas recent achievements. There is no reason forChina to abandon Dengs teaching while she is ahead.