Forum Focuses on Shared Future for All

October 18, 2018  By Su Changhe  Editor: Wang Yue

Luminaries from home and abroad in a wide range of fields are exchanging views on how to build a community with a shared future for mankind at the fifth annual conference of the Taihu World Cultural Forum being held in Beijing, Wednesday to Friday.

Progress Through Cooperation

The world is experiencing complicated and profound changes and the futures of all countries are connected more than ever before. But the world is also faced with a choice of whether to keep the old international order or to transition to a new type of international relations.

To build a community with a shared future for mankind is China's proposal for a better world that inherits the ancient Chinese value of living in harmony with others. It proposes that all countries seek common ground and respect differences in institutions, development paths and national situations. To find a peaceful development path that leads to peace, countries need to respect each other, control disputes, and build partnerships that replace confrontation with equal dialogue.

A world with common security is a goal of building a community with a shared future. Some security views highlight confrontations, assuming a community based on military alliances against an imaginary enemy. With global challenges increasing, such thoughts will spread and may lead the world back to the Cold War, which, as a zero-sum game, will harm the world's development.

Instead of military alliances that encourage confrontation through exclusion, countries should cooperate and spare no efforts for a security mechanism based on mutual respect and equality in talks that can protect all. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization has become a constructive innovation for today's world security as it has established a security mechanism of nonalignment, no confrontation and no targeting of third parties.

Capital has propelled globalization since 19th century but only a few countries have had a leading place in the process, while many other countries have not made much progress in their economic level.

In the past four decades, China has achieved remarkable development without harming the interests of other countries, which has brought new possibilities for economic globalization.

In a community with a shared future, the global economic system will be improved so that globalization is more open, inclusive, balanced to benefit more countries and their peoples. At a time when the world is having doubts about globalization and countries are becoming more isolationist, China has taken a firm stance in upholding opening up and win-win cooperation.

Throughout history, different cultures have preserved their vigor by developing their cultural characteristics by means of communication and exchanges with others. A proper view of cultural communication makes countries respect and learn from each other instead of creating disputes due to mistrust and suspicion. Among different cultures, disrespect, belittling and exclusive groupings are impeding the development of all cultures.

Political culture is an important part of civilization, and countries should try to understand and learn from each other to coexist in peace.

Living on the Earth, our only home, human beings must adopt green development which is essential for a sustainable global community with a shared future. China has been proactively engaging in global environmental management since 2012 when it reflected on the environment price of its development path.

Only tangible joint efforts by countries and generations can make a difference. For a shared ecological future, countries should not only cooperate to deal with climate change but also enhance their ecological management and establish sustainable development mechanisms to carry forward the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Countries breaking promises of environment cooperation are beyond irresponsible.

Su Changhe is a professor and executive dean of School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Fudan University.

(Source: China Daily)

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