Author: cheok hong chuan
Date: 02-05-12 16:29
In that case you will never understand why China is strategically pursuing culture "wenhua" to build a strong country "qiang guo".
As a continuing ancient antiquity of a nation, people and culture, we cannot be led down the garden path of Western civilization. We cannot simply see and define philosophy and civilization in a Western language. Democracy, as a political philosophy as understood in the West is not necessarily the type of democracy that the Chinese want, if they wish to have a thing called 'democracy'! Chinese philosophy is grounded on the Three Pillars of Society. What can Western ideals and philosophy based on individual self and ego add to the Three Pillars of Society? Zilch!
The East-West dichotomy cannot be simply resolved by simply adopting all concepts Western.
China will always be a part of this world, as a good neighbour to its neighbours. But China does not want to either equal or not equal. China just wants to be China. It wants to be a good neighbour just like it wants others to be good neighbours. It does not want to conquer or beggar its neighbours and vice-versa.
cheok hong chuan