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MESSAGE TO PRESIDENT OBAMA ON HARMONY DIPLOMACY

WORLD HARMONY IS IT ACHIEVABLE? WHAT PROMISES LIE


AHEAD?
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FRANCIS C W FUNG, HARMONY DIPLOMACY, HARMONY RENAISSANCE, WORLD MEDIA SUMMIT,


HARMONY CONSNESUS, TWELVE VIRTUES OF HARMONY, WORLD HARMONY, TIME WARNER, GOOGLE,
XINHUA, NEWSGROUP, JAPANESE UNITED PRESS, BBC, REUTERS, TASS, AP

WORLD HARMONY, IS IT ACHIEVABLE? WHAT PROMISES LIE AHEAD?

BY FRANCIS C W FUNG, PH.D.

Let us examine the World Media Summit held in Beijing Oct 8 to 10, 2009. This is
a significant step towards a more harmonious world by bringing all the world
media together for the first time of modern history. Some called it the Olympics of
Media. 170 world media and over 300 delegates attended. These included the
eight biggest world media house presidents, CEO’s from Xinhua, AP, Reuters,
Time Warner, BBC, Newsgroup, Tass, Japanese United Press and Google. The
concluding Joint Statement emphasized increased win-win cooperation in
expanding world multicultural reporting and also specifically called for more
diverse, accurate, fair and impartial reporting.

We at World Harmony Organization (WHO) work for Harmony Renaissance to


bring harmony, a universal value back. Harmony is being neglected because of
the world is driven by racial, religious and ideological strife. Harmony
Renaissance is needed as the ultimate resolution to unshackle us and to reverse
the tide of human self destruction and environmental degradation. Harmony with
mankind and with nature is necessary for our sustainable development and
survival.

World Harmony is achievable because the cycle of self destruction and deception
is reversing. We can see it coming. The world is heading towards mutual win win
development. We are beginning to be aware that world development is not a zero
sum game. World Harmony can be simply defined as a multilateral world set on
the course of win win development. This will release the energy for mankind to
work for common prosperity.

Harmony as a guiding faith is very broad. It includes peace within oneself,


relations between people, within family, between citizens and nations, harmony
among nations and between man and nature. Democracy is nothing but harmony
between citizen and their government. Environmental ecology is simply harmony
of man with nature. Harmony Diplomacy is the Golden Rule for Global
Governance.
The practice of harmony can be simply defined as the following twelve virtues:
Tolerance, Acceptance, Respect, Equality, Gentleness, Forgiveness, Patience,
Humility, Conservation, Ecology, Unity with Nature and Unity of Mankind. With
these practices firmly in mind World Harmony is on the way to be achievable.

What promises lie in the future? In the future we will see further growth of
developing countries and multilateralism. This will lead to a more harmonious
balance of East and West, North and South dialogues and cultural exchange.
The world is poised for win win mutual development. World development is not a
zero sum game as some might think. The best way to develop is openness and
learning from the best of each culture so as to move towards common prosperity.

The big media houses and others come together because of new challenges
from the marching of the developing world and changes of technology and
market orientation. Powerful world media working for more harmonious reporting
is a major breakthrough for the cause of World Harmony. The Western powers
have dominated the world stage and news reporting for the last two centuries. By
conceding to cooperation and win-win development in world news reporting the
stage is set for inevitable improvement of East West and North South relation.
This is the important single step the world must take to avoid self destruction and
deception. We are seeing the coming of a brave new world. We are very hopeful
world harmony undertakings will flourish.

Harmony is universal. It embraces all human relations and our relation with the
universe. Harmony is the underlying operating principle of the universe. Without
harmony mankind will self destruct and the universe will not be eternal. "Harmony
Renaissance will release us from the bondage of human strife. It is the next wave
of creative energy that mankind is waiting for. Harmony Renaissance will bring
East and West convergence so mankind will reach higher accomplishments
beyond European Renaissance."

Francis C W Fung, Ph.D.


Director General
World Harmony Organization.

It is important to cover good examples of harmony


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

BEIJING, June 25 (Xinhuanet) -- World Harmony Organization(WHO)


deems it important to cover outstanding examples of harmony diplomacy in
work. This is the value we place on world harmony renaissance and world
harmony diplomacy watch. When two of the largest East and West news
agencies meet to renew friendship, mutual respect and trust it will have
profound effect on even handed world news reporting. World understanding
and harmony between East and West will surely be enhanced by this festival
celebration.

Xinhua News Agency and Reuters on Thursday, June 21,2007 held


celebrations in the Great Hall of the People to mark five decades of
cooperation. Xinhua President Tian Congming and Reuters Chief Executive
Officer Tom Glocer unveiled a photo exhibition, comprising about 120 classic
cultural and diplomatic exchange photographs, taken by correspondents from
Xinhua and Reuters. The exhibition is a fascinating, historical record of a range
of political, economic, scientific, technological, cultural, educational and
sporting events over the years. The following are excerpts from Xinhua Net
with ith opinion and concluding remarks from World Harmony Organization.

"Over the past 50 years, Xinhua and Reuters have exchanged visits and
staff at many levels and have signed a series of cooperation agreements,"
Tian said to the gathering. Reuters was the first Western news agency to forge
a cooperation with Xinhua. In May 1957, the two news agencies signed a deal
on news story exchange. "I am delighted to see how healthy the cooperation
between our two organizations is," Tian said, citing a recent joint training class
for Olympics reporters in Beijing. Tian said Xinhua-Reuters cooperation can
blossom as long as the two sides abide by the principles of "mutual respect,
close consultation, a long-term perspective, mutual trust and mutual benefit."

"Over the last fifty years we have shown that an open and constructive
relationship can produce great achievements," Glocer said in his address.
Quoting the Chinese proverb "a book tightly shut is only a block of paper",
Glocer said the Reuters-Xinhua relationship is an open book. "Today we move
to the next of many chapters." Among the approximately 100 representatives
at the celebrations were two pioneers of Xinhua-Reuters ties --- Peng Di, the
first Xinhua correspondent in London, and 80-year-old David Chipp, the first
Reuters correspondent in Beijing.

Founded in 1931, Xinhua News Agency is the most authoritative news


agency in China and an international provider of multimedia news and
information services. Based in Beijing, Xinhua runs 33 domestic bureaus and
102 overseas bureaus. Xinhua provides round-the-clock news and information
services in nearly 200 countries and regions in eight languages: Chinese,
English, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Portuguese and Japanese.

Senior official of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Li Changchun on


Thursday called on Reuters to report China as it is. "Reuters should be a
bridge in helping the world obtain a better understanding of China and report
China as it is," Li said in a meeting with a Reuters delegation headed by
Reuters chairman Niall Fitz Gerald. Li, a member of the Standing Committee of
the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, also hailed the good
partnership between Xinhua News Agency and Reuters over the past fifty
years.

Li said exchanges and cooperation among news organizations of different


countries have become increasingly important as the world has entered an era
of information and globalization. Fitz Gerald hailed China's rapid development
in economic and social sectors. He said Reuters would like to carry out a more
effective partnership with Xinhua.

As important as Xinhua News as a leader of world media, its professional


and even handed reporting of world news, Xinhua is still relatively unknown in
the U.S. Those who know, look at Xinhua with jaundiced eyes suffering from
the ill effects of 50 years of cold war infection. They are so colored by the U.S.
media some readers' vision to this day, unfairly shuns Xinhua news. WHO
feels extreme injustice that this unfair misjudgment must not be left untreated.

Xinhua's reporting stands out with the greatest integrity exceeding many
Western news media. Most of all Xinhua has progressed with the times with a
modern world outlook, whereas there are other medias remain short sighted
and waddling in the sting pool of bygone days and engaged in confrontational,
name calling, scavenging and mud slinging practices.

One of the excuses for discounting Xinhua news is that it is affiliated with
Chinese Government. This casual judgment without due diligence is even
carried by a large cross section of Chinese Americans.

To quote an English sayings "Do not judge a book by its cover but by its
contents" and "Judge a tree's merits by the fruits it bears." Simply put, as
independent thinkers we must read and investigate before we mete out casual
judgment. These days in international news Xinhua is a must read media to be
in touch with the real world with a balanced view.
One of the significant reasons for the lack of awarenesss of Xinhua by the
U.S. public, is the ill effect of ethnocentric ommission of significant East and
West exchange events as indicated here. This points out the importance of
advocating harmony diplomacy. World Harmony Organization has the
responsibilty and duty bound to continue our world harmony renaissnce and
harmony diplomacy watch.

The Motto for harmony diplomacy for the 21st Century is rightly so "Mutual
respect, mutual trust and mutual development. Carry a strategic and long
vision." The old American wisdom that is being revived by some "Speak softly
and carry a big stick" is so 19th century. It has no place in today's necessary
pursue of harmony diplomacy to resolve the extreme disparities of today's
conflicting world.
Editor: Xia Xiaopeng

Harmony Diplomacy Essential for World Development


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

"Freedom, Democracy and Harmony are three ancient universal human ideals that belong to
the world and not to any one single nation. They are not entirely independent but intimately
related. As a matter of fact, there exist fascinating relations among them that warrant
immediate global study. Some may wonder why freedom and democracy have been so
widely promoted during the last 400 years of human history, while harmony was barely noted
on the world stage."

"In fact, Freedom and Democracy have been the most successfully used tools to promote
international diplomacy in the 20th Century. Harmony, as a great unifying force in the on
rush of globalization, has now come of age. Harmony is mankind's greatest common value.
The conflicted world of today urgently calls for international democracy through the practice
of harmony diplomacy."

"Nature imbues us with the instinctive knowledge that we are born free. The mountains, the
wind and the lions are born free, not to mention any other of the myriad animals that remain
free until captured. Despite being born free, powerful groups desperately yearn to enslave
us. More than 2500 years ago the most ancient cultures scattered about different continents
prohibited slavery seeing it as hideous. The institutionalized slave trade was most
egregiously practiced in the new world until the American civil war put an end to it."

"Immediately following 9/11, George W. Bush conveniently thrust freedom centre stage to
rally Americans with the resounding cry. The logic was that the terrorists hate our freedom
and they are intent on taking it away. To be fair, American democracy as put forth by our
forefathers, guarantees each citizen freedom from undue infringement through law and
order. Freedom as an ideal is politically neutral, neither good nor bad.However, modern
democracy is designed to prevent minority individuals from exceeding their rights granted by
freedom."

"Bush's call for freedom diplomacy after 9/11 is neither necessary nor appropriate. Terrorists
have not been empowered to take away our freedom, but the resulting regulation to counter-
terrorism has. As warned by President Eisenhower, the military complex created by war may
seriously threaten our democracy and hence our individual freedom. The greatest threat to
our freedom today is our enslavement to the military and the industrial complex through their
hijacking of democracy."

"Since time immemorial, the protection of human rights has occupied our consciousness.
The fear of the all mighty unknown that sparked religious teaching was likely the catalyst for
this type of thought. Teaching morals and common values developed along with harmony
while democracy followed behind. Democratic systems as a means to guarantee individual
rights and freedoms reached new heights when the American Declaration of Independence
and Bill of Rights were signed, giving way to the system of laws being enacted. Western
diplomacy spread far and wide and profoundly changed the world during the 20th century."

"Democracy, in different forms, has now become a generally accepted governance system.
Democracy grows best in the fertile soil of each individual nation without outside interference
or occupation. American chastisement of other nations only offends their dignity. Many
developing nations, after years of domination by imperialism, have nothing to cling to other
than the very dignity being spoken of."

"Democracy is also no longer an import export item, as pointed out by Ban Ke-moon, the
current Secretary General of the U.N. Due to the debacle of the US occupation of Iraq,
democracy as an instrument of foreign policy has lost its luster and appeal. Diplomacy works
best in these conflicted times when harmony principles are employed. Harmony diplomacy is
a win-win, no-fault conflict resolution approach. It is time to minimize confrontations in
today's conflicted world by using harmony diplomacy. It certainly is worth a try. Mutual win-
win development can be more economically viable than war. We have spent close to 400
billion dollars on the Iraq war, fast approaching our expenditure on the Vietnam War, with no
end in sight."

"When unity is needed human beings have proven quite capable. International unity can be
reached only through international democracy, not unilateralism. International democracy will
be the end result of major nations practicing harmony diplomacy. In her recent book "The
Mighty and the Almighty" Madeleine Albright suggested that world harmony is the end goal
of a more peaceful world."

"As noble as any religion may be, faith diplomacy has fallen short of uniting the world in
harmony evidenced by the countless tragic faith-based wars of the past as well as the
current conflict between the West and the Muslim world. Religions as we know them today
all expect blind faith and acceptance of ethnocentric almighty images, quite often unique to a
specific culture."

"Harmony's premise is tolerance, acceptance and respect for other cultures. It is all
embracing, endearing and enduring. It neither dictates blind faith nor does it force
acceptance of an institutionalized and ethnocentric image of the almighty. No particular
personal attachment to the almighty is prescribed either. Personal attachment to the almighty
is a double-edged sword. It draws those with faith closer, while alienating those without."

"Harmony is discovered through observation of nature as discussed in my other papers. It is


nature's preferred way of propagation. Nature is all embracing and human beings are very
much part of nature. It is possible to believe in as wide a universe as one chooses without
adhering to blind faith. Our very survival and sustainable development is now urgently
dependent on our harmonious relationship with nature. We deny our very existence by not
working to improve our threatened ecology. Most of us agree about the vision of world
harmony and international democracy. We can all participate in the harmony movement by
speaking and practicing harmony diplomacy in all facets of our daily lives. We can practice
goodness for goodness sake without preaching religion. Why use faith diplomacy, an indirect
approach, when the direct approach, harmony diplomacy, is readily available? Harmony's
resonance is growing and propagating. The Harmony Renaissance is the unavoidable tide. It
is time to reawaken our innate human desire for harmony and to begin urging others to
recognize the value of this noble ideal."

"The basic idea of world harmony is in common with all popular theories of world
governance. It hopes to build a more understanding world through tolerance, respect, equity
and acceptance of diverse cultures and governance systems as destiny for all mankind."

"Through harmony diplomacy major nations will support a stronger UN. A more democratic
world will advocate the solution of world conflicts through consultation and harmony
consensus. Unilateralism is to be rejected and peaceful resolution will replace war and
violence. Harmony diplomacy will be the foundation of lasting peace. Without harmony
peace will not last."

"In the pursuit of world harmony it is important to narrow the gap of the North-South/rich-poor
disparity through win-win mutual development. This will create a world with a level playing
field, which will enable the citizens of the world to enjoy all of the achievements of our great
societies."

"In the democratization of international relations, just and equitable international political and
economic orders can be established through dialogue, negotiation and reaching consensus.
The end result of international democracy will release a new wave of world creative energy.
Human accomplishments can thus reach a new height of development beyond European
Renaissance."

"The Order of Nature is Harmony and Harmony is the Order of Nature. A harmony world is
essential to save our ecology. To rally major nations to commit to a cleaner and better
environment, harmony diplomacy must advocate a common ecology consensus. Central to
harmony diplomacy consensus is built in awareness to curb global insatiable appetite for
consumption. Continuation of current trend is not sustainable. Without harmony consensus,
the resulting catastrophic global fight for resources will be more immediate than the effect of
climate change. It is time for all to advocate less confrontational harmony diplomacy."

(Xinhua News Agency May 23, 2007)

Harmony Diplomacy in Work


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

The US media, which accustomed to confrontational cold war diplomacy, has been slow to
recognize the signs of world harmony diplomacy on the rise. The profit-driven, corporate and
military complex dominated American media looks sluggish when faced with the tide of win-
win mutual development between nations.

It remains to be seen if the US media will finally learn world harmony diplomacy and move
forward to the 21st century.

Besides the overbearing American foreign policy, the condescending attitude in the media
for the past 50 years, is also to blame for the mistrust created between the States and other
nations. A change of heart in American media will certainly help to create a better world
understanding for the US government to continue practicing world harmony diplomacy.

The following are major current event stories showing signs of harmony diplomacy on the
rise drastically under reported by the US media.

On Wednesday May 23, 2007, Chinese and American officials ended a key economic
dialogue in Washington in agreement.

The meeting was co-chaired by Secretary of Treasury, Henry Paulson and China's Vice
Premier Wu Yi.

During the two day Second Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED), top economic officials from
the two countries discussed topics covering areas of service, investment, transparency,
energy and environment as well as growth balance and innovation.

As witnessed by the fact sheet jointly issued at the closing, the two sides 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 great diplomacy at work.
This consensus is surprising because of the perennial trade friction between the two nations,
particularly in light of the climate of the China bashing, which was resulted from the recent
Congressional trade protectionism mentality.

In contrast to past foibles, President George W. Bush made the correct diplomatic choice for
US-China relations, as well as for world harmony.

At a White House press conference, Bush said that the just concluded US-China Strategic
Economic Dialogue is "important" and there has been some progress achieved at the
dialogue, stating that "this is an important dialogue. And it's one that I thank the Chinese
government for engaging in."

Bush also met with Vice Premier Wu Yi in the White House Oval Office and said he
appreciates China's willingness "to work with strategic dialogues in order to put in place the
type of measures that reflect a complex relationship."

To set the proper tone for the consultation and consensus, the principle negotiators from
both sides were careful in their statements. "Thanks for the careful attention and joint efforts
from both sides, the second meeting of the strategic dialogue achieved great success," said
Wu. The economic and trade relationship between China and the US is one of the most
complicated in today's world, she said. The SED provides an excellent platform for both
sides to "further understanding and trust in terms of strategic issues."

Vice Premier Wu added "Equal consultation, cooperation and win-win have become the
overall situation and defining nature of China-US 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 serious negative impact on the progress of overall China-US ties," she added.

On his part, Paulson said that US 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 on going 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 world required close
cooperation between the two peoples of the US and China" said Henry Kissinger at the
opening of the dialogue. "The most advanced industrialized country and the country that is
growing at the fastest rate have the unique opportunity to set an example for the rest of the
world of cooperation and vision."

The consensus reached through the SED consultation clearly demonstrated the merit of
practicing harmony diplomacy. Harmony is fostered by acceptance, respect, equity and
humility. This type of no fault, win-win consultation can lead to complementary solutions
between any two nations. The SED fact sheet may serve as a model of harmony diplomacy
with humility, practiced by two great nations with wisdom.

Details of the six party talks on the nuclear issue of the Korean peninsular coming out on
April 11, 2007 are very encouraging. It clearly shows that the two strong contending sides
are giving ground and reached some consensus through long painful discussions and
consultations. This is how harmony works through discussions, consultations and
consensus. Until the announcement, the accord all seemed but impossible. Not so long ago
President Bush called "North Korea as part of the 'Axis of Evil'." From World Harmony
Renaissance perspective this event may spark a series of events that signal the beginning of
harmony at East Asia.

By implementing the Nuclear Disarmament Pact, US, China, Russia, Japan, South Korea will
have to help North Korea recover. That means major countries across both sides of the
pacific will work together for mutual development. North East Asia development has a lot of
potential. The Accord calls for "Within 30 days: Five separate working groups meet on
denuclearizing, normalizing US-North Korea relations, normalizing of North Korea-Japan
relations, economy and energy cooperation, and peace and security in Northeast Asia."

Be what it may, this proved the importance of harmony diplomacy to give the fair historical
perspective and the whole aftermath of the cold war era. The need for mutual development
will pave the way for a more harmonious world.

(Xinhua News Agency June 18, 2007)

POWER DIPLOMACY MUST EVOLVE TOWARDS HARMONY DIPLOMACY


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

BEIJING, June 3 (Xinhuanet) -- America as a young, dynamic, and


endowed nation earned its place as the leader of world democracy
during and immediately after the Cold War. The after effects of
America winning the Cold War remained today, good or bad. The good
is that the world has enjoyed unprecedented prosperity due to
relative peace and stability. On the other hand the American public is
constantly being reminded by their media and government that we are
destined to be the leader of the world because God is on our side.
What we should do as world’s major power is to advocate Harmony
Diplomacy.

Our self defeating arrogance is in contrast to the universal harmony


principle that the more powerful we are, the more we need humility.
The damaging consequence of deviating from this all encompassing
truism is evident by the dilemma of our embroiled involvement in
unilateral Iraqi war. As a result of continuing our Cold War Power
Diplomacy we have too often infringed on the dignity of many
disadvantaged nations in the world. After 9/11 we declared war
against terrorism and were eager to launch the unilateral war on Iraq
without giving diplomacy a chance.

Our pride blinded us from seeing the need of dignity by the poor and
disadvantaged. We have become immune to other nation's needs for
development. Instead from our ethnocentric perspective, we continue
to be critical of other striving nation's efforts to modernize. This lack
of understanding of other nation's loss of dignity and desperate need
of modernization did not go without notice by America's elite,
experienced in foreign policy. In fact the extensive survey conducted
by Pew Research Center involving 45,239 people and 46 nations from
April 6 to May 29, 2007 found majorities in many countries reject the
main planks of current U.S. foreign policy and express concern for
forcing American style democracy.

According to the polled results, there is a wide spread perception that


the U.S. acts unilaterally in making international policy decisions. And
majorities in most every country polled, including 97 percent in
France, 80 percent in Argentina, and 75 percent in Lebanon, said the
United States promoted democracy mostly where it served U.S.
interests. This, according to Pew, helps explain why U.S. ideas about
democracy are viewed as unilateral by vast numbers around the globe.

Caution for change to a softer and more understanding American


world diplomacy is being sounded in unison by many notable and
seasoned formal high ranking diplomats such as Kissinger, Brezezinski,
Albright and Slaughter. New theories such as Faith Diplomacy, Value
Diplomacy and Diplomacy by Deeds are being advanced.
In today's multilateral world, Power Diplomacy as preached by the
bygone wisdom of "speak softly and carry a big stick" has lost most of
its relevance. The unpopular unilateral Iraq War makes it clear that
"speak loudly and carry a big stick" as practiced by the present
administration has not worked so far either. In fact there are signs
that Harmony Diplomacy is on the rise, witnessed by the softening of
U.S. position in the Sixth Party denuclearization talk. North Korea has
just declared its willingness to dismantle their nuclear facilities. US
also removed North Korea from the list of evil countries. Is this sign of
Harmony Diplomacy is working?

On the other hand, in catering to the interest of the uninformed and


proud American public, the theme of Power Diplomacy is still echoed
among U.S. 2008 presidential candidates. In a July/August 2007
Foreign Affairs Journal article titled "Renewing American Leadership,"
fore running U.S. Democratic Party presidential candidate, Barack
Obama expounded Power Diplomacy as key U.S. foreign policy to
revive American leadership.

According to Obama "we must harness American power to reinvigorate


American diplomacy. Tough minded diplomacy backed by the whole
range of instruments of American power-political, economic, and
military-could bring success even when dealing with long standing
adversaries such as Iran and Syria."

Through out Obama's foreign policy exposition, words such as "power,


pushing, pressure, aggressive, tough, tough minded, American
leadership and instrument of power" are used freely. Words such as
dialogue, mutual understanding, trust, tolerance are noticeably
absent. Instead, proud of our past Cold War confrontational expertise,
the intensity of cold war diplomacy is called on to deal with a small
band of extreme radicals. The war on terror advocated by Bush will
certainly become an over kill that will unsettle world diplomacy for
years to come. The world certainly can not afford to have another
debilitating cold war. The over enthusiastic inclination to use
confrontation and ever increasing force without consideration of
neutralizing force with dynamic balance, totally neglects the first
principle strategy in counter terrorism or any warfare for that matter.
In Art of War, by Suntze, the most desirable way to win to win is not
to wage a war. Dynamic balance of harmony is more fluid like in
nature. Soft power can conquer hard power.

A harmonious future for Asia and Europe hinges on wisdom that can
steer the course of their interactions. So said delegates at the third
annual Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Interfaith Dialogue, which wrapped
up June 23, 2007 in Nanjing, capital of East China's Jiangsu Province.
In the Nanjing Statement, issued at the conclusion of the event,
participants from the two continents vowed to deepen and broaden
the dialogue process to foster a peaceful and harmonious partnership.
Building on the achievements of the first two meetings, in Bali in 2005
and Cyprus in 2006, the two-day dialogue co-hosted by China and Italy
served as a platform for religious and political leaders and academics
to address their diversity and commonality in faiths and deliberate on
further tapping the potential of interfaith talks in enhancing mutual
understanding in an era of globalization, a senior Chinese diplomats
said. "In Chinese culture, harmony is underpinned by diversity. Seeking
harmony while acknowledging differences means that a country or an
ethnic group, while preserving its own cultural heritage, should be
open and tolerant to other civilizations," he added. In a world wrought
with uncertainties, it is vital to pursue mutual understanding through
dialogue, and achieve harmony through tolerance, he said. If nations
collide because of different values, globalization may be giving a new
spin to the multiple values involved in international relations.

A way to avoid conflict has long been sought. A seemingly


uncomplicated approach is for nations to share peace and prosperity
through dialogue and tolerance. The recipe of dialogue entails not
imposing one's values or faith on others. It involves respecting
different peoples' treasured values and beliefs. It is necessary to
understand and appreciate, or at least tolerate, different cultures and
religions. The ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting) Interfaith Dialogue, under
the framework of the Asia-Europe Summit, is just such a platform. It
brings nations together from two continents to address their diversity
and commonality in faith and culture, with the hope of convergence
for the sake of humanity.

Attached is an excerpt of a recent article by WHO World Harmony


Diplomacy Watch quoting People's Daily. President Hu Jintao made the
speech on China's new foreign policy of building a harmonious world at
the United Nations Summit marking the 60th anniversary of the
establishment of the world body. The merits of his speech are self
evident.

His words received wide approval and the policy is thought fruitful in
2005. The policy helped to lift China's international status,
fundamentally because of its pursuit of balance. That is, to balance
national development against international responsibilities, economic
benefits against political and security interests, relations with world
powers against those with various countries, and reform against the
maintenance of world order.

In the spirit of "performing great deeds" China has decided to take


responsibilities of a big nation. During his meeting with President
Bush, President Hu said explicitly that the China-U.S. cooperation will
be on global scale. For world harmony US and China must work
together to reach harmony consensus. This means cooperation on
many fronts, including environmental collaboration and energy
common strategy. I hope our next president will take the hint and play
the lead role. That is how best America can preserve our leadership.

Editor: Pan Letian Source Xinhua News

HARMONY DIPLOMACY: THE GOLDEN RULE OF GLOBAL GOVERNANCE


By Francis C. W. Fung, PH.D.
http://www.worldharmonyorg.net/

The “Rule of the Golden Mean” is a Western doctrine for balanced


living and proper handling of human contradictions. A comparable
System of Belief in the East is the “Way of the Golden Mean.” Contrary
to conventional wisdom, the philosophy of the Golden Mean is not
against progress. It is the highest value of progress through dialogue
and consultation. Its true essence is to prevent ideological extremism
from taking hold. It is definitely opposed to the current religious
confrontational strife. That is why it is the value of Golden Mean. This
broad East and West concept of balance, when earnestly applied
globally, can be the solution for resolving extreme disparity between
rich and poor, minimizing religious confrontations and restoring
ecological balance for sustainable development.

In the current desire for good global governance we must also begin
with Harmony Diplomacy. Harmony Diplomacy, as defined here, can
be
the Golden Rule of Global Governance. Harmony Diplomacy can be
conceived as the common value of the most fluid-like, dynamic
balance; encompassing tolerance, mutual respect, acceptance, equity
and humility to achieve world harmony. Truth in world affairs, unlike
mathematics, often is the Golden Mean between two opposite sides.
When one powerful nation forcing its belief on other weak nations as
the only absolute truth, it ignores the reality of diversity and defies
reason. This is well documented by Al Gore in his most recent book,
“The Assault on Reason.”

The above theory, advancing human common aspirations in today’s


conflicted world, has been resonating worldwide. The author in
resonance with world harmony has also published widely articles
advocating Harmony Diplomacy. “Harmony Diplomacy Essential for
World Development”, “Power Diplomacy Must Evolve Towards
Harmony
Diplomacy”, “Harmony Diplomacy in Work”, “Harmony Diplomacy:
China’s Commitment to World Harmony” and many other related
articles can be seen on Google, Yahoo search and Xinhua Net.

Good global governance is the foundation for a harmonious world. To


pursue world harmony is the common destiny for the human race.
Good global governance must include new world political and
economic
order to build international democracy. We must promote global
cooperation through mutual win-win development and resolve
conflicts
through dialogue and consultation. We must strengthen the United
Nation through needed reform to discourage unilateralism and
extremism. All these global undertakings can only begin when major
nations of the world start practicing Harmony Diplomacy.

A grand strategy of Harmony Diplomacy to build world harmony must


be able to face the challenges of today’s unilateralism, extremism,
rich
and poor disparity and ecology unsustainability. The important
elements of a grand Harmony Diplomacy strategy must include
dialogue and consultation, win-win mutual development, unity in
diversity, tolerance and openness, equity and humility. Harmony
Diplomacy must act through equal, friendly and open dialogue and
consultation to achieve mutual understanding, trust and respect. This
is to accomplish the greatest possible harmony consensus among
nations of the world.

Harmony Diplomacy is to seek commonality and minimize


confrontational difference. In the desire to foster win-win common
development we must take a long strategic view.
The reality of the world is multi cultural and not all in sync of the path
and stage of development. We must accept and tolerate different
economic and political development. Old colonial mentality and big
power chauvinism will never be accepted again. By forcing our culture
and value on weak nations is counter productive to Harmony
Diplomacy. The best governance system is a nation’s own harmonious
system developed from within in active interaction with globalization.
The objective of Harmony Diplomacy is to pursue a higher level of
human accomplishment beyond European Renaissance through World
Harmony Renaissance. Harmony is an ideal; Renaissance gives it life.
The human race relieved of cultural conflicts, political infighting and
religious strife will be invigorated by new creative energy. This new
found vigor will bring humans to the next phase of true global
development that we are waiting for.

To be more specific, through greater Harmony Consensus we will


minimize the chances of war and bring about more lasting peace.
Without Harmony Consensus, peace can only be temporary. When
nations set their sights on win-win mutual development, common
world prosperity can be realized. In so doing, the rich and poor
disparity can be reduced and the North and South gap breached. The
world will be more level. All nations can finally enjoy the fruits of our
common cultural and economic accomplishments.

Harmony Consensus, encompassing harmony with nature is the order


of nature. It will rally world citizenship to be more conscious and
united to protect our common environment. For world sustainable
development we must at last move in lock step to strive to conserve
energy and resources and protect the environment. As severe as the
effects of climate change may be, the world will run out of precious
resources sooner because of the current wonton consumption.

Most of all, the current world order is far from democratic. Harmony
Diplomacy, through the essential principle of dialogue, consultation,
negotiation and harmony consensus, can pave the way for a more just
and democratic world order. In Harmony Renaissance, we can finally
rediscover the wisdom of tolerance, acceptance, mutual respect and
humility. The harmony universal common value will give the human
race the necessary true inner peace and strength, to face the diverse
and daunting challenges of a world in catastrophic disharmony and
extreme self- destruct- selfishness.

Francis C. W. Fung, PH.D.


Director General
World Harmony Organization