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Francis Fung. World Harmony Organization: Harmony Diplomacy for Harmonious Civilization

Francis C W Fung, Ph.D.

 

 

Director General

World Harmony Organization, USA

www.worldharmonyorg.net




WHY THE WORLD IS NOT IN HARMONY?

 

 

Why the world is not in Harmony?Even though there are no lack of concerned scholars in the world who are writing and advocating harmony. o­n the internet and Youtube there are many harmony singers, quartets, chorus and choirs listed singing musical harmony in America, however they are not advocating or practice World Harmony. In America singing musical harmony and advocating harmony as universal common have different meanings. The answer to why there is no World Harmony are listed below, just naming a few;

 

Major religions especially Christianity and Islam are not in harmony

Western civilization still presides and dominating the world

World media controlled by Western Corporations practice monopoly and information hegemony

Harmony as a universal common value resolve religious, ideology strife and rich and poor disparity has been neglected

Economic competitions of extreme capitalism are unchecked by rule of moral

Western Powers are keen o­n maintaining economic hegemony

America Internet moguls are practicing internet hegemony

Last but not least, America military industrial complex pursuits military hegemony in the name of maintaining world peace

 

Peace can not be initiated without the world powers practice Harmony Diplomacy. Peace will not be embraced without World Harmony Renaissance. Peace can not be achieved without dynamic harmony balance of the extremes.Peace will not last without Harmony.The world is not sustainable without mankind harmonizing with nature.

 

Francis C W Fung, Ph.D.

In service of World Harmony Renaissance o­n behalf of World Harmony Organization

francis@worldharmonyorg.net

06/02/10


Dear Francis,


Thanks for your remarkable article which I was glad to publish o­n your personal page:
http://www.peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=410.


However, let me to notice, that the world is not in harmony not o­nly because to it prevent the obstacles which you well listed. The world is not in harmony because we DO NOT KNOW the main thing: WHO is the ACTORS of social harmony? The answer to this question o­nly Tetrasociology, a science about social harmony, which I develop more than 35 years and which last five years develops in the Global Harmony Accordion (GHA). This science and its application in 19 projects of GHA global harmony are presented in the collective book of 120 GHA members Harmonious Civilization (
http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=379). In it an unique world discovery of Tetrasociology: discovery of the four sphere classes of population as actors of social harmony develops. o­nly o­n the basis of the scientific theory of harmonious social classes can be scientifically understood and the reasons, preventing world harmony and the private mechanisms accompanying it and unfold by you: Harmony Diplomacy, Consensus of Harmony and Harmony Renaissance.

Dr. Leo Semashko,
GHA President
06/02/10


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FROM DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS AND INTERNET FREEDOM TO HARMONY
 
DEAR HILLARY CLINTON
 
WHY CANT WE ALL GET ALONG? WHY CANT WE HAVE HARMONY?
WHY MUST WE o­nLY HAVE o­nE U.S. DOMINATED INTERNET? WHY CANT WE HAVE CHINESE AND OTHER INTERNETS AS WELL? WHY CANT WE HAVE REGIONAL INTERNETS THAT OVERLAP? DIFFERENT INTERNETS CAN ACCEPT AND RESPECT EACH OTHER. THIS WAY THE DIFFERENT INTERNETS CAN EXIST WITH UNITY IN DIVERSITY.  THAT IS WHAT HARMONY IS ALL ABOUT.
HAVEN'T WE HAD ENOUGH OF o­nE DEVASTATING COLD WAR ALREADY? DO WE REALLY NEED ANOTHER COLD WAR?  COULDN'T OUR REGIONAL INTERNETS INTERACT FREELY IN HARMONY?
 
 
FRANCIS C W FUNG,PH.D.
DIRECTOR GENERAL
WORLD HARMONY ORGANIZATION
January 25, 2010 

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Dear Fran
is,

You defined, from my point of view, a sole correct vector of development for traditional values in the 21st century: a vector in global harmony direction. It is the universal trend acceptable to all nations and the most effective of all possible for humanity in our global time and space. This historical tendency received the first scientific and all-round illumination in the program book of the GHA 120 members: Harmonious Civilization: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=379.

I was glad to publish your letter o­n your personal page:
http://peacefromharmony.org/? cat=en_c&key=410.

Dr. Leo Semashko
,
GHA President
 26/01/10


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LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA o­n HARMONY DIPLOMACY

 

January 13, 2010

 

Dear President Obama,

 

We at World Harmony Organization (WHO), a California non-profit independent think tank, would like to congratulate you o­n your successful 2009 trips to Middle East and Asia. Your Cairo interfaith harmony speech and U. S. - China joint statement endorsing harmony consensus are outstanding examples of Harmony Diplomacy and are highly commendable. The World Harmony Organization advocates Harmony Renaissance and

Harmony Diplomacy as the golden rules for global governance. Our essays and books o­n Harmony Renaissance, Harmony Diplomacy, Harmony virtues, Harmony Consensus, and Harmony Faith appear widely o­n Twitter, Facebook, and www.scribd.com/fcwfung, www.worldharmonyforum.blogspot.com

 

WHO advocates Harmony Renaissance for the 21st Century multilateral world because harmony is an ancient common value that was practiced by many world cultures. However, harmony has been neglected by the current confrontational world, leading to racial, ideology, and religious strife. Harmony Renaissance is the solution for human strife as well as for restoring a better ecosystem through harmony with nature. Harmony belongs to the world. No nation can claim it exclusively. Harmony, as the natural law of dynamic balance, is the order of the universe, according to modern physics. Harmony Renaissance is the next wave of creative energy that mankind is waiting for to lead us to a higher level of accomplishment beyond the European Renaissance.

 

During the 21s century, we will see the rise of Asia and the BRIC developing nations. China is an integral part of both. A U.S. - Chinese harmony consensus is essential for world peace and harmony. Peace is a static condition; without a dynamic harmony balance, peace will not last. There is no doubt that China will soon challenge U.S. hegemony not necessarily in hard power, but in soft power. The U.S. is the most well

endowed major nation in land and resources. As a result, China will not catch up with U.S. in hard power, as eloquently put by James Fallows, national correspondent of the Atlantic Monthly, in his recent article, How Can America Rise Again?

 

China in 2009 just surpassed Germany as the largest exporting country. She will likely surpass Japan as the second leading country in GDP within this year. China, with her attractive ancient culture, powerful government bent o­n reform and opening up, scientific concept of development, and Harmony Diplomacy, will be very likely to surpass America in international soft-power influence in the very near future. During the 19th century, Power Diplomacy ruled. In the 20th century, America led the world in Democracy Diplomacy and won the Cold War. However, the recent advocacy of Faith or Smart Diplomacy has been less successful and will fade in facing Harmony Diplomacy, because Harmony Diplomacy is the Golden Rule of global governance, according to a recent paper by the WHO.

 

The key factor of the multilateral 21st century in winning world influence will be the practice of Harmony Diplomacy as an international policy. This is true simply because harmony is the most attractive universal common value, which can harmonize diverse cultures, races, ideologies, religions, and nature. In our young, dynamic America, we must not forget that the Native Americans also practice harmony as a homegrown culture. European colonists brought the European Renaissance culture to this continent; why not also adopt our native Indian harmony culture. We successfully advocated Democracy Diplomacy after the Second World War. There is no reason for America not to play a lead role in Harmony Diplomacy because of our current leadership position. A Harmony Consensus between America and China is essential for World Harmony. By necessity, world harmony will surely come to pave the way for world peace (see paper by Francis C.W. Fung: World Harmony, Is It Achievable? What Promises Lie Ahead?).

 

America, in reaching a harmony consensus with the world, must also advocate Harmony Renaissance. China and other parts of the world must not be allowed to claim exclusivity o­n harmony, the most universal common value of humanity, without America playing an equal role. America under President Bush was lacking a harmony initiative. America is fortunate for your recognition of the importance of world harmony, but we are still lagging behind in Harmony Diplomacy as a national foreign policy.

 

WHO is an American think tank with worldwide recognition. Our classic Harmony Renaissance paper is carried by China o­n her government Harmony Website and has been quoted often by John Prescott, Deputy Prime Minister of the U.K. We delivered the enclosed keynote speech, Harmony Renaissance Preamble and Declaration, at the United Nations o­n their April 26, 2008 Staff Day. America has every right to claim Harmony Renaissance as home grown, as it was originated and is advocated by the America-based World harmony Organization.

 

We cannot afford for China or any nation to claim exclusivity o­n Harmony Renaissance

as their national discovery, when Harmony Renaissance is home grown in the U.S. and

harmony is also part of Americas native culture. It is still not too late for America to get

involved. It is important for America to adopt Harmony Renaissance as its national and

foreign policies, lest we be left out of this important soft-power revival.

 

The word renaissance is actually French and is most commonly used to refer to the European Renaissance because of the importance to world civilization of that rebirth of progress. For more information o­n taking the rightful control for American Harmony Renaissance, please contact the World Harmony Organization. Everyone can talk about

harmony, but the World Harmony Organization initiated Harmony Renaissance as the next wave of creative energy after the European Renaissance.

 

Harmony Renaissance is the revival of ancient universal common value. There are also innovative key words and concepts we have initiated in our published essays as mentioned at beginning. We are also East and West cultural inclusive. Who is multinational and multi cultural.

 

In Service of Harmony Renaissance.

 

Francis C W Fung, Ph.D.

Director General

World Harmony Organization

infor@worldharmonyorg.net

 

 

 

Painting celebrating Confucius birthday with banners showing his harmony

Sayings

 

HARMONY RENAISSANCE PREAMBLE

 

In the East harmony, as a social science theory, was

evolved from natural science observation by Lao Zi.

Humanity in harmony with the universe

is called Tian Ren He Yi.

Also, Einstein was quoted as saying

the order of nature is not accidental.

Harmony is the order of nature.

Harmony belongs to the World and to the Universe.

 

"HARMONY RENAISSANCE DECLARATION"

 

Harmony is the highest common value.

Renaissance is action. Together they have life.

Harmony is the order of natural science and the

fundamental law of the universe.

Harmony is dynamic energy balance

and is also the principle of universe creation.

From the very beginning, the Universe is created

by the infinite invisible energy in the firmament.

The invisible energy that created the universe

can also be called DAO.

Lao Zi said, "Dao created o­ne, o­ne created two,

two created three, three created all things.

All things carry Ying and embrace Yang.

Dynamic balance creates harmony."

Lao Zi's harmony theory of the universe

is in unison with modern quantum physics.

Harmony renaissance is the guiding principle to be

applied to natural and social sciences.

It is the breakthrough that will take us to the next

level of human creativity and accomplishment

beyond European Renaissance.

 

Francis C. W. Fung, Ph.D.

Director General

World Harmony Organization

 

和谐序言

作为社会科学理论东方和谐源于老子对自然科学的观察。

人类与自然和谐为天人合一。

爱因斯坦说过自然有其规律而非偶然。

和谐是自然的规律。

和谐属于世界属于自然。

【和谐宣言】

和谐是人类最高的共同价值复兴是行动。

人类彼此和睦共处。

和谐是自然科学的规律是宇宙的基本定律。

和谐是动态能量的平衡是创造自然的法则。

混沌于始广袤无边的无形能量创造了宇宙。

这种创造宇宙的无形能量为道。

老子曰道生一、一生二、二生三、三生万物。

万物负阴而抱阳冲气以为和。

老子的自然和谐理论与现代的量子力学异曲同工。

和谐复兴是自然科学和社会科学的指导纲领。

必将突破现状使人类的创造力提高到一个新的水平

超越欧洲文艺复兴的成就。

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January 11, 2010


Dear Dr. Francis C W Fung,


I o­nly returned today from a trip to my elder son with whom we celebrated Orthodox Christmas. Having got acquainted with my plentiful mail for last week, I paid attention first of all to your five letters, first of all o­n a press release about creation of your "World Harmony Organization (WHO) o­n January 21, 2007 in San Francisco, California, USA. As I understood, your organisation arisen from the World Harmony Institute:
www.worldharmonyorg.net. I am happy to congratulate you o­n behalf of our Global Harmony Association (GHA) o­n a birth of the WHO and to express hope of our close cooperation in a direction of the harmonious civilization which in 2009 creates the Harmonious Renaissance and Harmonious Enlightenment. I am glad to ascertain, that our strategic goals of harmonization coincide, though, we differ with some ways and theories. But it is natural, as each organisation, as well as each person and each country have an own way to a great temple of social (global) harmony or a harmonious civilization. Your way to a harmonious civilization (world harmony) through the Chinas harmony socialism is o­ne of the important ways which has been unfolded in the GHA Magna Carta of Harmony in 2007: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=3, in the Chinese language: http://www.peacefromharmony.org/? cat=en_c&key=281.

Let me please acquaint you shortly with the GHA last actions of global harmonization and to offer you concrete forms of mutual cooperation.

1.We will be glad to include your organisation in the GHA List of Achievements of Global Harmony as a new (66th) achievement. This List covers 65 similar achievements since 1947. It is published in GHA program book Harmonious Civilization of 120 co-authors from 34 countries of the world to the address: http://peacefromharmony.org/? cat=en_c&key=382. In this List you will find a number of achievements of harmony in the USA: Annual National Festival of Harmony, Harmony School in Texas and Louisiana etc.

2.I invite you to discuss a question of mutual affiliation (or collective membership) our organisations, first of all in the USA, with Dr. Laj Utreja, American GHA President (lutreja@tecmasters.com) and Dr. Dominica McBride (dmcbride@asu.edu), Youth GHA President. It will allow our organisations to participate in actions each other.

3.I invite you to exchange our books. Dr. Laj Utreja will be glad to send you 2 copies of our book Harmonious Civilization which you could look preliminary o­n our site Peace from Harmony to the address: http://peacefromharmony.org/? cat=en_c&key=379. In turn, Dr. Utreja and I will be happy to receive from you o­n 1 copy of your book: Chinas Harmony Renaissance: What the World Must Know. Whether is it published in the network? We will be happy to publish your review of our book and back.

4.I invite you to join to Club-2009, about initiation of which in final edition I am glad to send to you the GHA Resolution in an attachment. Within this Resolution I sent o­n January 5 the official invitation to the Chairman of the Federation Council (Upper Chamber of Russia Parliament) to Mr. Sergey Mironov to hold a post of Club-2009 President for the first year. We wait his response to February 1. If we do not receive the response we will offer this post to other political leaders, in particular to Senator Denis Kucinich.

5.I like to send you also my short offers which I sent o­n January 4 together with the book Harmonious Civilization to Mr. Kofi Annan (the UN Alliance of Civilizations President) and Ms. Irina Bokova (UNESCO Director General). In case of creation of "Harmonious Civilization Center and World Harmony Academy, GHA will be happy to invite in them you and your colleagues.

Such are the GHA first offers for you and your remarkable organisation. With hope of effective and harmonious cooperation for the sake of a harmonious civilization and the world harmonious Renaissance and Enlightenment.

Dr. Leo Semashko,
GHA President

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Dear Dr. Leo Semashko,

Thank you for your convergence letter and will cooperate fully.Go ahead and implement what can facilitate our future team work. Do keep me informed of your progress. We can definitely work o­n Harmony Synergy as we get to know each other better.I want to congratulate what you and your group have accomplished.

Lana Yang and I are in touch.We have much in common.Look forward to chatting with you and working with you and your colleagues o­n world harmony. Attached is a draft letter o­n Harmony Diplomacy to President Obama for your comment.

In Service of Harmony Renaissance

Francis C W Fung, Ph.D.

Director General

World Harmony Organization

San Francisco, CA

415.585.2474

January 12, 2010

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Dear Dr. Francis C W Fung,

Many thanks for your positive response, congratulations for GHA and the consent o­n cooperation of our two organisations, convergence in global and world harmony. I am glad, that you begun process of our team work, offered to GHA members to comment your draft letter o­n Harmony Diplomacy to President Obama.

I attentively read some times this letter and appendices to it. It covers a wide range of questions of different levels: philosophy, culture, science, history, policy, diplomacy and the international relations. Let me to define in the beginning the positive moments and then to express some critical reasons.

Positive aspects are:

1.Urgency of your letter in respect of the USA international relations and diplomacy in the beginning of the 21st century. You are absolutely right that in 21 century power diplomacy is destructive for those who continues it and is unacceptable for world development. It found o­ne of the strongest acknowledgement in 2009 in the consent of the USA and Russia to reach nuclear zero. Therefore Harmony Diplomacy, offered by you, is logic development of this historical trend. Harmony diplomacy is alternative to power diplomacy. The first replaces and supersedes the second gradually. GHA initiates political Club-2009 actually also for Harmony Diplomacy: http://peacefromharmony.org/? cat=en_c&key=409.

2.Allocation of sprouts of Harmony Diplomacy by you in Obamas politics. GHA allocated them in the analysis of Obamas Prague speech devoted to nuclear disarmament: http://peacefromharmony.org/? cat=en_c&key=386.

3.Definition of harmony by you as general natural law of all universe which is inherent, in the different form, to all cultures of the world. Therefore, any nation has not o­n it exclusive right. Harmony belongs to all nations and it is necessary for all people in an equal measure but in the different form. o­n this thesis the GHA Harmonious Civilization Universal Declaration is constructed: http://peacefromharmony.org/? cat=en_c&key=383.

4.The recognition you, that the true, long peace can be established not o­n the weapon and force but o­nly o­n global harmony. GHA defined the major principle: Peace Comes from Harmony in the beginning, in February 2005. This principle is included in GHA emblem: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=379. It found a substantiation and development in all GHA 19 projects of global harmony.


My critical remarks are:

1.I think, that your remarkable letter devoted to advancement of Harmony Diplomacy for Obamas policy, will have much more chances to be noticed if it will be limited to a field of the international relations diplomacy.

2.All your other fields of harmony: philosophy, culture, science and history are a subject for wide public discussion but not for the political letter.

3.Your remarkable concept of Harmony Renaissance, with which you connect Harmony Diplomacy, has no scientific proofs and the social facts. When GHA speaks about gradual origin of a harmonious civilization in an industrial civilization, we fix a historical trend corresponding 66 (it is the incomplete list) facts since 1947: http://peacefromharmony.org/? cat=en_c&key=382.

4.The European Renaissance of 14-17 centuries is the cultural movement which caused by a life and arisen in holistic process of origin of an industrial civilization. The European Renaissance can be understood o­nly in its civilizational context. Similarly: the Harmony Renaissance can be understood o­nly in a context of a birth/occurrence of a harmonious civilization. Therefore, Harmony Renaissance as well as an epoch of Harmonious Enlightenment, are cultural and educational movements of a harmonious civilization in the beginning of its formation. GHA will be glad to add the concept of a harmonious civilization with your concept of Harmony Renaissance.

5.You speak about harmony science, quoting some remarkable ideas of Lao-Zi and Einstein. However, these ideas are the preconditions for a harmony science but do not make it. Any science begins o­nly with allocation of fundamental elements and laws of their interaction. For example, the idea of nuclear physics has been stated Democritus. But the scientific nuclear physics arisen through 2,5 thousand years when the atom structure has been opened, its elements and laws. As to a harmony science, at least at social level its occurrence is connected with Tetrasociology in which 20 fundamental elements of social harmony and laws of their interaction are allocated: http://peacefromharmony.org/? cat=en_c&key=400.

6.You truly say that harmony is property and the East, and the West but you do not speak about their different contribution to understanding of harmony. For a long time it is noticed, that the East understands harmony as holistic o­ne and the West structures it. Tetrasociology as the science of social and individual harmony synthesizes in itself east integrity of harmony both its western structure and functionality.

7.Multidimensionality of harmony demands collective consciousness and collective thinking of essentially new level that embodies Tetrasociology which develops in all GHA projects collectively by from 40 to 120 co-authors. Certainly, the collective consciousness does not cancel the individual contribution and synthesizes them, creating new quality of collective harmonious Tetranet thinking which as a first approximation presented o­n the scheme: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=405. In this connection of the basic requirement of harmonious thinking, I invite you to synthesize our intellectual efforts for development of scientific thinking of harmony.

I think, these critical remarks (they are the main things, but they do not settle all my remarks) could become a subject of collective discussion of two our teams. Do you agree with it? Besides, in your text I allocated dark blue some editorial editings.
Best harmony wishes,
Dr. Dr. Leo Semashko,

GHA President,

12/01/10

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Dear Harmony Friends,

Letter-to-President-Obama-on-Harmony-Diploamcy published, delivered and attached. Thank you for your review.

May you have the best of harmony always.

Francis

13/01/10

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Leo, Lana and Rene,


Dr. Semashko, since we are likely to become colleagues in advocating world harmony I hope you do not mind I address you as Leo according to American habits. Attached is a compilation of WHO published essays o­n Harmony Diplomacy, titled "Message to President Obama o­n Harmony Diplomacy". The compilation has been delivered to President Obama to support his efforts o­n Harmony Diplomacy.


I am wondering if you would submit to your organization to be considered for inclusion o­n your websites. This is my idea of how we can be of mutually supportive to increase our joint advocacy for Harmony Diplomacy. These essays are part of WHO book titled "Harmony Diplomacy Golden Rule for Global Governance". I welcome your esteemed contribution o­n the subject of Harmony Diplomacy. I would certainly be glad also to carry your selected articles o­n WHO blogsites. Feel free to contact me if you have any suggestions regarding cross reference to increase synergy.

May you have the best of harmony always.


Francis C W Fung, Ph.D.

Director General

World Harmony Organization

415.585.2474

13/01/10

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Dear Franis!


Yes, we are colleagues in harmony, therefore will be by name.


Your letter to President Obama about Harmony Diplomacy for the USA is an outstanding step o­n a way of the harmonious civilization which conscious birth concerns to 2009. Approach of this civilization is realized by many civil organisations independently in different points of the world. Therefore letters of these organisations to the Presidents of the US, Russia and other countries is o­ne more indicator of conscious (but in a different measure and form) advancement of this civilization. I am glad, that you considered some my editorial remarks in your letter. And though you ignored my other remarks, I consider your letter and your essays as the significant contribution to a new civilization. Especially important I consider your idea US and China Harmony Consensus as the sample of a similar consensus for all countries of the world without which (harmony consensus) can not be a harmonious civilization. Therefore, your great contribution to this civilization induced me to open your personal page 4-6-6. World Harmony Organization: Harmony Diplomacy for Harmonious Civilization o­n the GHA website Peace from Harmony in English:
http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=410

and Russian: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=ru_c&key=438 with the publication of your five remarkable essays about Harmony Diplomacy.


Please, let us in the GHA hope, that you also will find possibility to publish o­n your website 4-5 sections of GHA program book Harmonious Civilization. It will allow us as you write, mutually supportive to increase our joint advocacy for Harmony Diplomacy and also a harmonious civilization to which this diplomacy conducts and in which it finds the higher meaning.


Other important form of their advocacy I see in a mass edition of our books o­n global harmony as manuals for schools and universities of the most different countries, first of all, the USA, China, Russia, India, Malaysia etc. GHA has four similar books: Harmonious Civilization (2009), Harmony Academy (2008), Magna Carta of Harmony (2007), and Harmonious Era Calendar (2006).) You have five books. Certainly, our books are various but they are devoted o­ne subject: to global harmony. They open the different approaches to it, that is very important for thinking of youth.

To begin we could with publish in common o­n o­ne our most important books in the USA, in states Texas and Louisiana for 14 schools of harmony which grow since 2000. Then we could publish them for the USA and China in two languages (English and Chinese). I wrote about it to Lana in details and I could repeat for you this letter. Then we could publish them in Russia, in India: in Calcutta through Dr. Matreyee Roy, in Malaysia through Dr. Steve Rajan etc.

The mass publication of different books o­n global harmony as manuals in the different countries will be the conscious beginning of a new Age of Harmonious Enlightenment which inevitably accompanies formation of a harmonious civilization. I hope, you agree with it and we can unite our efforts in the mass publication of our books which will bring to our organisations not o­nly ideological but also financial success. It will strengthen our harmony synergy.

Best harmony wishes,
Leo,
14/01/10

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Dear Leo,
 
It is my pleasure to hear from you as always.  In Chinese may I also call you "Tong Dao"  which means we share the same philosophy or same way or Dao.  I am very appreciative that you put my Harmony Diplomacy essays o­n your website.  I feel priviledged. I believe Harmony Diplomacy is the Golden Rule for Global Governance. I will work with you and look into your request and get back to you.
 
Concurrently, I am also busy working with China and America o­n Solar Stirling engine renaissance for electricity generation.  Green energy technology transfer is my background and also WHO work o­n harmony with nature.  As to your publication plan I will look into it as I hear more from you.  I appreciate your offer to work together.
 
May you have the best of harmony always.
 
Francis C W Fung
STIRLING ENGINE FOR GREEN ENERGY REVOLUTION
14/01/10
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Dear Leo,
 
You did good o­n putting WHO harmony Diplomacy o­nto your website.  I like your "Age of Harmonious Enlightenment" it goes well hand in hand with "Harmony Renaissance".  Great match!  You are truly a "Tong Dao".
 
Francis
14/01/10
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Dear Francis,


Yes: you are Chinese/USA Tong Dao for me and I am Russian Tong Dao for you: we have harmony consensus in diversity of China, US and Russia.


Your "Harmony Renaissance" and "Green Energy" and our "Age of Harmonious Enlightenment" they go well hand in hand with "Harmonious Civilization" in which they find great match!


Best harmony wishes,

Leo
14/01/10
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Leo,
 
Very well put.  You are not o­nly Tong Dao but also a scholar and gentleman.  My pleaseure working with you.
 
In Service of Harmony Renaissance.
 
Francis
14/01/10
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Dear Leo, Lana, Walter and friends,


Leo you are right.We must forgive.Without forgiveness there will be no new beginning.Lana, you are right.We harmony workers must be world citizens.Be proud you are citizens of the world, not just citizens of a great nation.There are a lot of great Americans.I know.My undergraduate roommate is American.My dear wife is American.


Martin Luther King saw hope.President Obama saw hope.They are accepted because they have accepted American culture.Just watch the growing black and white inter racial marriages.In Hollywood movies Afro-Americans are often heroes.Civil rights are improving. However, Americans sometimes forget. Prejudices are not just black and white.Besides racial there are also cultural and historical prejudices.


Walter, Lana, let us also forgive American media "China bashing":We are very much culturally different.The positive is that the ideology difference between America and China are rapidly disappearing. We must also be tolerant and accepting.Let us forget colonialism, slavery and labor exploitation.Let us hope China and America will reach "Harmony Consensus".


Leo, will agree with me.Harmony Diplomacy will work.America is the most powerful developed nation.China and India, the two largest developing nations are reemerging.We are working o­n Harmony Renaissance.I see promises.The 2009 World Media Summit Declaration is an indication that the major media see the necessity of more diverse, fair and accurate news reporting.The necessity for green revolution will bring the developed and developing nations together.Harmony will overcome racial, ideology, religion and cultural differences.


Leo, would you kindly share in your publications the 12 virtues of harmony with GHA friends:

 

"TOLERANCE, ACCEPTANCE, RESPECT, KINDNESS, FORGIVENESS, HUMILITY, GENTLENESS, PATIENCE, EQUITY, NONVIOLENCE, GREEN ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION". Thank you.


In service of Harmony Renaissance o­n behalf of World Harmony Organization


Francis Fung

21/01/10

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Dear Francis,

 

I fully share your remarkable ideas of Harmony Diplomacy, Harmony Renaissance, Harmony Consensus and the 12 virtues of harmony which I was glad to publish o­n your personal page: http://peacefromharmony.org/? cat=en_c&key=410 for acquaintance of GHA members.


These ideas as I wrote, are excellent addition and development of the scientific theory of the GHA harmonious civilization.

I also fully share your belief, that Harmony will overcome racial, ideology, religion and cultural differences, uniting them diversity in the consent.


I would like also that you published o­n your website the key fragments of GHA book Harmonious Civilization. I sent you these fragments several days ago.

 

Leo,

21/01/10

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Dr. Fung's five essays about Harmony Diplomacy since 2007:


It is important to cover good examples of harmony diplomacy

Harmony Diplomacy Essential for World Development

Harmony Diplomacy in Work

POWER DIPLOMACY MUST EVOLVE TOWARDS HARMONY DIPLOMACY UPDATED

HARMONY DIPLOMACY: THE GOLDEN RULE OF GLOBAL GOVERNANCE


It is important to cover good examples of harmony diplomacy

 

 

 

 

 

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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 UPDATED

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 worlds 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 LetianSource 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 todays
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:
Chinas 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 todays 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 nations 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

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"The Rise of China's Harmony-Oriented Diplomacy"
Journal Article, POLITIKA Annual Journal, pages 22-26
2007
Author: Xiaohui (Anne) Wu, Associate, International Security Program/Project o­n Managing the Atom
SUMMARY
Chinas diplomacy is assuming a more assertive face by advocating harmony between countries and between peoples. This transformation has been commensurate with Chinas power reemergence and with its reclaiming of the cultural richness of Confucianism. There are several major principles governing Chinas practice of harmony-oriented diplomacy: 1) Being both outward-looking and inward-looking, seeking mutual adjustment and mutual adaptation with the world; 2) Seeking a multi-faceted win-win outcome; 3) Putting aside ideological differences and focusing o­n substantive cooperation in foreign relations; and 4) Establishing secure communities without the intention of sphere of influence, power politics, or dominance. Many countries welcome Chinas practice of harmony-oriented diplomacy as it projects China as a benign power and makes Chinas foreign policy more transparent and predicable. o­n the other hand, skeptics remain concerned about the sustainability and effectiveness of harmony-oriented diplomacy in a world of conflict. o­nly proper understanding of and reaction to Chinas harmony-oriented diplomacy can help smooth Chinas transition and orient it towards being a contributor to a better world order.
For more information about this publication please contact the ISP Program Coordinator at 617-496-1981.
For Academic Citation:
Wu, Xiaohui (Anne). "The Rise of China's Harmony-Oriented Diplomacy." POLITIKA Annual Journal (2007): 22-26.


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A Harmony Renaissance

Rene Wadlow*

 

At a time when humanity is increasingly working together to meet ecological challenges and to overcome ideologically-led strife, Dr Francis C.W. Fung has presented an important call for a cultural renaissance based o­n the concept of harmony. Rather than concentrating primarily o­n conflicts, struggles and suffering, Francis Fung suggests that the focus should be o­n cooperation, coexistence and visions of a better future. Harmony includes tolerance, acceptance, equality and forgiveness of past pains and conflicts. It leads to gentleness, patience, kindness, to inner peace and outward to relations based o­n respect.

 

Fung draws his framework for a harmony-based renaissance from the classical philosophies of China : Confucianism, the teachings of Master Kong (551-478 BCE) and Daoism, associated with Lao Zi who lived at the same time. Both put their emphasis o­n the Dao (the Way) and the working of the dynamic balance of Yin and Yang. (1).

 

As Fung stresses Harmony is a universal common value. In harmony we can find true belief that transcends all cultures and religions. The meaning of life is to seek harmony within our inner self. Humans are born with a spiritual soul that develops to seek self-fulfilment. Our soul has a conscience that elevates us. As our soul grows to its maturity, we achieve our own harmony. A person at the end of his journey reconciles with his own soul to achieve harmony and peace of mind. Each soul attaining its own harmony with itself is the meaning of life.

 

However harmony is not o­nly a personal goal of inner peace but a guideline for political, social and world affairs. As Fung notes Specifically at this moment in history, our action should enhance peace, reduce conflict and activate a harmony culture. The 21st century is the beginning of a Harmony Renaissance. Our world mission is to be ready for humans next creative wave to lead us to a higher level of common accomplishment. The World Harmony Renaissance will bring the whole world into action for this new millennium of peace and prosperity with unfettered collective energy.

 

There was an earlier period in Chinese thought when there was an important Harmony Renaissance. This was during the Sung dynasty (960-1279) which reunited China after a period of division and confusion. This was a period of an interest in science the extension of knowledge through the investigation of things. It was a period when there was a conscious effort to bring together into a harmonious framework currents of thought that existed in China but often as separate and sometimes hostile schools of thought: Confucianism, Buddhism, philosophical Daoism and religious Daoism. These efforts were called Tao hsuch the Study of the Tao an effort later called by Westerns Neo-Confucianism.

 

Chou Tun-yi (1017-1073), often better known as the Master of Lien-hsi, was a leading figure of this effort. He developed a philosophy based o­n the alternation of Yin and Yang, each becoming the source of the other. (2)

 

Thus today, after decades of conflict when the emphasis of the countries of the world both in policy and practice was upon competition, conflict and individual enrichment, there is a need for an emphasis o­n harmony, cooperation, mutual respect, and working for the welfare of the community with a respect for nature of which humans are a part. When o­ne aspect, either Yin or Yang, becomes too dominant, then there needs to be a re-equilibrium. This Yin/Yang alternation is best represented by the double fish symbol, often used by Daoists.

 

We see this shift most dramatically in the policy of the Chinese government. After decades when Marxist class struggle was the dominant internal policy and world politics was seen as a class struggle o­n a world scale, in 2006, Chinese President Hu Jintao adopted building a harmonious society at home and promoting a harmonious world abroad as the guiding State philosophy.

 

Obviously it takes time for a harmonious society at home and a harmonious world abroad to be put into place. The re-equilibrium of the energies of Yin and Yang do not take place overnight. Nor is this re-equilibrium o­nly the task of the Chinese. The cultivation of harmony must become the operational goal for many. As Mencius (372 289 BCE), a follower of Confucius said A trail through the mountains, if used, becomes a path in a short time, but, if unused, becomes blocked by grass in an equally short time.

 

That is why Francis Fungs call for a Harmony Renaissance is a call to each of us. (3)

 

Notes

1) See Arthur Waley. Three Ways of Thought in Ancient China (London: Allen & Unwin, 1939);

2) See Fung Yu-Lan A Short History of Chinese Philosophy ( New York : The Macmillan Co. 1950).

3) See Francis C W Fung, Chinas Harmony Renaissance, What the World Must Know (San Francisco: World Harmony Organization 2006, available at www.amazon.com )

 

*Rene Wadlow, Representative to the United Nations, Geneva , Association of World Citizens

February 3, 2010

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PRAISE FOR FRANCIS C W FUNG, CHINAS HARMONY RENAISSANCE

 

Excerpt from Harmony in Contemporary New Confucianism and in Socialism with Chinese Characteristics 2008 by Jesus Sole-Farras:

 

It has been asserted (Fung, 2006) that the 2006 Sixth CPC Plenum Session will be remembered as the most important milestone of Chinas Harmony Renaissance, since, by discovering harmony culture, China is discovering its own richancient cultural harmony traditions. It is of similar in importance to Europes Renaissance after the rediscovery of ancient Greek culture (p. 8).

 

Excerpt from Jan 2007 speech by Hon. John Prescott, Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State, United Kingdom:There's been a great deal of talk about harmony in recent times. In fact, the academic, Francis Fung, has argued in his recent paper "Chinese Harmony Culture: Old and New - Promise for a Less Confrontational World" that China is witnessing a harmony renaissance.He claims that great debates are happening today in China over whether Socialism with Chinese characteristics can be Socialism with harmony. And Fung maintains that China's harmony socialism will provide an alternative model, as the leading system of governance in the 21st Century.

 

Morgan Steacy, York University, Department of East Asian Studies, Canada

I have been reading professor Fung's letters and articles o­n harmony renaissance, and have become completely enraptured by the hope of future possibility that they bring.My main area of study lies squarely within Dr. Fungs realm of thought insofar as ascertaining the facets of Chinese thought that may be able to ameliorate the social situation of my country and the world at large. I am certain that I would be able to contribute to your organization with great success.

 

Peter Neumann, Partner Faegre Benson, Shanghai, China

It is wonderful to see the concept of a "harmony" paradigm being promoted in the media. So much of Western cultural history has been based o­n a conflict paradigm (crusades, competition for scarce resources, clash of civilizations, political struggle, etc.). It is extremely important to open people's minds to unity, universal love and harmony as governing principles of society, the world and the universe.

Eric Chipps, Chipps Management Consultants, San Francisco, CA, USA

In todays world of international conflicts, religious strife, North and South disparities, terrorism, extremism and unilateralism, harmony renaissance is the o­nly common value universal solution. The tide of Harmony Renaissance is inevitable. All present will become pioneers of Harmony Renaissance. Harmony advocates non-violence. Its premises are tolerance, acceptance, respect, equity, patience and humility. As powerful as we are we will not have nobility and hope unless we practice humility. This is the new global awareness. Harmony is the conduit to facilitate multi-directional cultural flow not just from West to East and North to South. Harmony is the all-embracing unifying force for unity in diversity.

 

Dr. Fung has initiated the World Harmony Organization in North America and has already attracted interest and support. It is a growing influence in North America, Europe and China from important figures in academic and social circles, economics and politics, as well as a growing number of concerned citizens in many countries.

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Chinese harmony renaissance. Can world ignore it?

 

www.chinaview.cn 2006-11-02 16:01:01

 

by Francis C.W. Fung, Ph.D.

BEIJING, Nov. 2 (Xinhuanet)-- Following is an abridged version of two papers by Francis C.W. Fung, Ph.D. The papers are titled "Chinese Harmony and American Democracy in 21st Century" and "Chinese Harmony Culture Old and New, Promise for a Less Confrontational World?"

(I)CHINA'S HARMONY RENAISSANCE: CAN AMERICA IGNORE IT?

 

On Oct. 8, 2006, at its Central Committee meeting, the Communist Party of China launched the national campaign to build a harmonious society. The resulting Harmony Communiqué is a system engineering blue print to guide China o­n its path of rejuvenation. It will be an arduous and long undertaking to build a harmonious socialist society in modern China, no less challenging to the CPC as the revolutionary "Long March" of Chinese history. Oct. 8, 2006 will be remembered as the most important milestone of China's Harmony Renaissance. By rediscovering harmony culture, China is rediscovering its own rich ancient cultural harmony traditions. It is of similar in importance to Europe's Renaissance after the rediscovery of ancient Greek culture. China's harmony development will herald a brand new period of vitality and national spirit as the country enters a new period of sustainable development. By developing its own harmony society, China becomes the standard bearer of a harmony world.

Harmony, as taught by Chinese ancients, embraces ideas of democracy as a way of conflict resolution between the ruler and the ruled. China has practiced harmony as a way of life since Laotze and Confucius for at least 2500 years. In contrast, American Democracy is o­nly 230 years old, developing after Independence, and borrowing from the traditions of European Enlightenment. As China's Harmony Socialism wins gradual international recognition, it will provide an alternative model to American-style Democracy as the leading 21st century governance system. To keep its position as the most influential political and cultural leading country of the world America cannot afford to overlook the 21st century Chinese Harmony Society and Harmony World development herald by China's Harmony Renaissance. The consequence could be the isolation and unwitting fall of the greatest military and economic empire of our time through its inability to keep up with the pace of world harmony consensus. The mightiest American military power cannot dictate world order any longer, as is exemplified by the Iraqi War, and the Iran and North Korea nuclear confrontations. The overwhelming desires of developing countries for common development are closing the curtains o­n the world of international power politics. The world will be caught up in the surging tide of common development and harmony conversion. The Harmony World of unity in diversity of world cultures and governance systems will surely come.

Harmony will give China a place o­n the world stage to express its ancient heritage and the moral high ground to challenge the U.S. leadership in international relations. For over fifty years America interfered in China's domestic affairs in the name of democracy. Now harmony contains democracy ideals also as conflict resolution government and its citizens. The table will be turned between the West and China during the 21st century. Since the Opium War, over 150 years ago, China finally is able to raise its head and stand up against the West. By doing so, China will have the unity and vitality to continue its sustainable reform and opening up to a new era.

(II)CHINA'S HARMONY RENAISSANCE, HOW IT ALL BEGAN?

 

The Central Committee meeting was a major meeting to discuss major policy decisions to launch a national campaign to build a harmonious society. [1] In terms of its impact o­n the future Chinese society and the future world, policies announced during this meeting will have a longer lasting effect than China's recent policies of reform and opening up. These policies, initiated under the guidance of Deng Xiaoping, led to profound benefits for China and the world, but the nation is ready for the next step in its process of transformation. By comparison, the Oct. 8 meeting provided the needed national spirit of harmony which continues o­n the success of the Scientific Concept of Development. This new spirit is built o­n the essence of ancient Chinese teachings of harmony which remains unparalleled for its richness in the world.

Due to the rapid expansion of economic and industrial activities, China, over the past twenty some years, has developed from an egalitarian society to a society of unbalanced wealth distribution, and from a self-sufficient society to o­ne, like other developed nations, that depends heavily o­n outside energy and other material resources. The Scientific Development Concept was thus conceived by the Chinese leaders to provide a blueprint for a long term sustainable development. In time, this blueprint is expanded to include also all old and new conflicts in China's grand modernization. Harmony being China's dominant philosophy for 2500 years it is no surprise, despite the o­nslaught of Western culture for the last two hundred years, China rediscovered its ancient heritage. This is not unlike the return of harmony philosophy to the golden Han dynasty after the Spring and Autumn Warring States period.

In the fertile soil of Chinese harmony garden after Chinese leaders called for Harmony Society development, ideas of harmony spread like wild fire. Creative ideas of Harmony Society from government officials, intellectuals, think tanks, academicians and the general public is currently sweeping through the country. We may o­nce again witness a major New Harmony movement excelling the ancient teachings of ancient harmony that has guided China for the last 2500 years. A true period of let hundred flowers bloom and hundred schools content may be in the making surpassing the Spring and Autumn period debates in scope and magnitude. This time the Chinese culture may take a leap into the future World of Harmony.

(III) THE COMING OF THE HARMONY WORLD

 

In today's world of extreme disparity among nations, need for international economic and political change is driven by: the widening gap in stages of development, the increase of injustice in world order, and the growth of clashes between civilizations. As seen in the recent unilateral Iraq War, the crisis in Sudan, and the nuclear confrontation with North Korea and Iran, the world is hastening towards confrontation.

Written in Chinese characters, the term, "crisis" is composed of the opposing elements, "danger" and "opportunity." In Chinese harmony belief, the opposition of Ying and the Yang, or the strong and the gentle, are in constant contest. When Ying and Yang are in balance, harmony is reached, as is illustrated by the Daoist double fish circle of life.When viewed as a globe the Ying envelops the Yang as the outside shell. Laotze's philosophy of renunciation of force is also reflected in forming Chinese words. The word "martial" in Chinese means "stop the use of weapons." The word "war" in Chinese means "imbalance of weaponry."

When country specific harmony societies grow in their own fertile soil with distinctive cultural characteristics, World Harmony will surely spread. Each society will have its own appropriate harmony theory and practices reflecting the wide differences in states of development, needs and culture. For harmony to take root, basic needs must be met, and the society must be equitable, social order must work smoothly, cultural values must have sustaining power, and the mobility of different stratum in society should be assured. Indices such as Happiness, Harmony, Environment, Rural and Urban must be customized according to each country's will and development.

Great debates are happening today in China over whether Socialism with Chinese characteristics become Socialism with Chinese harmony. In the last couple of years China has extended the philosophy of Harmony to the practice of international relations, from Harmony Society to Harmony Region and Harmony World. In doing so, China, as o­ne of the world's ancient civilized nations, is expressing to the world its choice and determination to travel the road of peace and development. Harmony as the core of Chinese traditional cultural belief, reflects the concepts of appropriate and properly balanced relationships between man and man, man and nature, man and society and harmony among nations. In fact Harmony Society and Harmony World are manifestations of ancient Chinese cultural values.

Western cultures, in contrast to the East, tend to emphasize conflict rather than harmony, personal, national, and world affairs in terms of good and evil, right and wrong. God must triumph over the Devil, good over the bad, and the individual struggles to conquer sin and redeem his soul. Armies fight with the conviction that God is o­n their side, and leaders, like George Bush, call upon believers to support them in righteous wars. The powerful U.S. media, adhering to the same tenants, does not report contrasting views. Thus, Western nations, most notably the United States today, justify aggression through their own self righteousness, convincing themselves that they are duty bound to change or eliminate hostile countries that do not adhere to Western principles. Rather than accepting differences they attempt to destroy differences to achieve uniformity in international political ideology. In such an atmosphere, international relations become power politics, with the assumption that new democracies that arise will be fashioned in the mold of American and Western European systems.

In China today foreign policy is an extension of domestic policy and, at the same time, serves domestic policy. Hu Jintao, President of China, pointed out, China must "Closely connect our development with the progress of mankind. Develop our self through maintaining world peace and at the same time through our own development to promote world peace." The Chinese government has officially stated the central ideas of Harmony China and Harmony World as: China wants to build a harmony society of "democracy and rule of law, justice and righteousness, trustworthiness and friendliness, full of vitality, stable and orderly, a society of man and nature in harmony." A Harmony World envisioned by China is "adherence to multilateralism, realization of mutual security, adherence to mutually beneficial cooperation, realization of mutual prosperity, adherence to the spirit of tolerance and building a Harmony World together."

President Hu Jintao, o­n April 22, 2005, when attending the Asian African Summit meeting, suggested that "promoting friendship among different cultures, equal dialogue, develop common prosperity and together build a harmony world." This was the first time the concept of Harmony World appeared o­n the world stage. Two months later o­n July 1, 2005, President Hu Jintao visited Moscow. Harmony World was written into the China-Russia world order joint communiqué. For the first time World Harmony was recognized as common policy belief between two major countries. This marks the new World Harmony concept's gradual entrance into the vision of a world society. Chinese leaders thoughts o­n World Harmony were quickly deepening, for two months later, o­n September 15, 2005, President Hu Jintao gave a speech at the United Nation General Assembly in which he detailed the deep contents of World Harmony. Participants of the meeting gave the speech a resounding response, and world media also gave the speech heightened notice and positive evaluation. It is generally considered that China as a major responsible country is transmitting to the world its longing for peaceful world development. The speech also served to relate China's message to build a peaceful, prosperous and Harmony World together with the rest of the world. Harmonious and cooperative China stands ready to work for sustainable and long lasting peace and mutual prosperity with the rest of the world.

(IV) CHINESE HARMONY AS SYSTEM ENGINEERING BLUE PRINT

China's cultural contribution to the world is the harmony philosophy just as Europe and America are the breeding grounds for democracy. China for most of its 5000 years of recorded culture was an agricultural society, in contrast to Europeans, most of whom were descendants from pastoral nomads. As a continuing ancient culture China was firmly rooted to cultivating the land handed down through the generations. This dependency o­n agriculture led to an inclination to harmonize with nature rather than to challenge nature. The order of nature is harmony with Ying and Yang in dynamic balance as taught by Laotze. As a result harmony philosophy grew in the fertile land of this Middle Kingdom until it was challenged by Western democracy as late as the 1900's. Chinese ancient culture, rich in harmony teaching begun 2500 years ago by Laotze and Confucius, was preserved and handed down with continuing refinement until modern times.

Laotze's instructions of harmony were rooted in observation of the origin of the universe and natural science. His philosophy of human activity harmonizing with nature was all embracing, including the practice of FENG SHUI (living with nature), physical science, agriculture and Chinese ancient medical practice. Chinese medical practice is holistic, based o­n the belief that biological systems must maintain internal balance to be healthy. The goal of treatment is to restore the balance of opposing forces in this total system. This led to the belief that human biological systems, society, and nations are constantly in an influx of ever changing contending forces. Harmony is achieved when the contending forces come to a balance or mutual acceptance under a certain set of conditions. All systems are constantly shifting, complex, and seldom just black and white (or in western terms, good or bad). This concept of harmony is just as fitting in today's complex world and society as it was during the time of Laotze.

Confucius' teaching comprises social systems including: man with himself, man between men, man and society and relations between groups and countries. This includes harmony between government and its citizens, which means that democracy is part of harmony system analysis. In keeping with Chinese harmony philosophy, balance is achieved through self discipline, high moral value, social order rather than strict law and penal system. The use of physical force is to be avoided, and employed o­nly as a last resort. Harmony Society discussions in today's China under the present leadership are returning to the old roots of system analysis and ever changing balance of major forces in a changing world. This is based o­n the very nature of Chinese peoples' longing for harmony and the ancient teaching of tolerance, acceptance and equity. Both Laotze and Confucius teachings were comprehensive system engineering analyses of Harmony for ancient China, and the Communique is a system analysis of Socialism with Chinese characteristics for today's China.

(V) THE ULTIMATE PRINCIPLE OF HARMONY

The ultimate principle of Chinese ancient principles, as expounded by LAOTZE in DAO DE JING, is the balance of YING and YANG but ultimately YING envelopes YANG and is beautifully illustrated in the Daoist circle sign of life. However it is known observation today that dark energy represents over eighty percent of the universe and visible matter is the smaller remaining part.

This general theme of YING over YANG runs through DAO DE JING. To name a few images from DAO DE JING; soft overcomes the hard like dripping water eventually bores a hole in the hardest rock, water flows over and immerses that blocks it. Water representing Ying can both float and sink a boat. Harmony represents soft power to resolve conflicts as opposed to warfare which represents hard power. In today's conflicting world o­ne model of democracy cannot be forced o­n other nations of different cultures and at different developing stages. Democracy works best by softly and patiently winning over the hearts and minds of people. Countering extremism by extremism is bound to lead to ultimate destruction of both sides. The best way to resolve conflicts is to bring harmony to the confronting parties. This can start by understanding the differences in cultural understandings and causes of conflicts through mutual respect, trust, tolerance and acceptance. Confucius said "JUN ZI HE ER BU TONG, XIAO REN TONG ER BU HE" which means that gentlemen place harmony above ideological differences, and petty people fight for ideology differences. "HAI NAI BEI CHUAN, YU YONG NAI DA"( The sea takes in hundreds of rivers, it can be big o­nly if it contains). World harmony will surely come.

31/01/10

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