ASS/POL 339 Contemporary China: History, Politics and Diplomacy Name: Kong Man Chun, Derrick
Topic: Critique on the seminar of "Sino-American Relations" given by PRC Ambassador Peng Keyu
The Consul General of the People's Republic of China in New York, Ambassador Peng Keyu, has came to give a speech about "Sino-American Relations". He briefly shared his viewpoints on the international and diplomatic relation between China and United States nowadays; it involved the cultural and also economic interrelationships between these two super powers.
For the cultural relationship between China and US, Confucianism has a key role to play. Confucianism can be an academy and also a religion, served Kung Fu Tzu as the master of Confucianism. It promotes manner in which “Li” is an ideal form of social norm. It also focuses on human morality and wrong action which is a complex system of moral, social, political, philosophical, and quasi-religious thought that has had tremendous influence on the culture and history of China. In governance term, Confucianism can be considered a state religion of China, besides of Li; it promotes 5 key human relationships including Ruler-Subject, Father-Son, Elder brother-Young brother, Husband-Wife and lastly, Friend-Friend. This concept promotes a sense of strict obedience within human relationships. Combine with the concept of “Mandate of Heaven”, it legitimated the rightfulness of the civilian’s strict obedience to the ruler. As Confucianism being the major academy over thousands of years, it still has a great impact on Chinese even after the modernization, and the Ambassador believes that Confucianism should be held and even promoted internationally. In my opinion, Confucianism really has a good effect in controlling human behaviors and also builds up a role model of good citizens that can help to establish a good social norm and human morality; however, it also promotes a strict and blindly obedience to the...
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