China Is Not Our Enemy
In a time where the USA seems frantic to maintain their world domination by funding a crusade for democracy, it is easy to paint China as an enemy that needs to be kept in check. But is world domination the right goal? What about world peace and harmony for all people? The greatest challenges facing humanity now are global in nature, crossing countries and cultures. The world doesn't need another religious or ideological battle such as democracy vs. communism. It needs all the citizens of our world, but in particular our world leaders and advisors, to truly lead in building empathy and mutual trust, promoting cooperation over competition for the benefit of all humanity.
Many western educated intellectuals know very little about China and its people. In fact, because of the immense scale of the country and its complexity as well as differences in cultural context, even experts sometimes get it wrong. Particularly in an age of misinformation where it is difficult to know which information sources to trust, it is becoming critical that every individual make the effort to educate themselves rather than blindly following the masses. China Is Not Our Enemy attempts a deep dive into the psyche of China and how the country and culture is evolving, aiming to enable a stronger foundation for knowledge and understanding so we can all better interpret world events and so that our sentiments, convictions, and interactions with others across cultures will build bridges instead of walls.
We believe a greater understanding of China is no longer optional in our global village. It is necessary if we want to tackle global challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic, or face critical world issues such as climate change, world peace, and collaborative governance. As China returns to its original path and reinstates itself as one of the key world leaders, it demands to be treated with respect and as an equal. China is not our enemy. Their Confucian roots are strongly grounded in building harmonious human relationships, and we in the West must build our empathy and knowledge so we can see more shades of grey in this complicated world. We all share this planet and its future destiny together, and confrontational Western thinking will only lead us to war.
This book presents a macroscopic view of Chinese civilization and cultural development that will help Western educated readers better interpret world events through a broader and deeper understanding of:
Chinese ways of thinking and behaving
China's historical trajectory and trends
Current development and the context behind and around them
We strongly believe that the world needs to view the Chinese way as complementary instead of focusing on the differences. We should spend our energy and resources improving our world instead of minimizing others to maintain superiority. Each of us can change the world for the better. Let's replace "us versus them" thinking with more "we" and more trust by first assuming best intent, as mutual understanding and tolerance will enable all of us as humans on Earth to live in greater harmony with each other, and with ourselves.
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PART I: A DIFFERENT WAY OF THINKING
One: The Evolution of Thought
Two: Attitudes and Approaches to Life
Three: Understanding Chinese Confucian Relationships
Four: Worldviews, Beliefs, Orders, and Civilizations
PART II: UNDERSTANDING CHINA
Five: 10,000 Years of Chinese History in a Nutshell
Six: From Mao to Now
Seven: Ethical Civilization and Governance
Eight: Politics in China
Nine: The Chinese Economy
PART III: BUILDING A HARMONIOUS FUTURE
Ten: Play the Infinite Game
Eleven: Connect Everything
Twelve: Learn From History
Thirteen: Craft a New World Order
Copyright Tai P. Ng 2021