Consensus building in China and America

13:49, March 12, 2010      

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By John Milligan-Whyte and Dai Min

The meetings of the National Peoples Congress, China's top legislative body, and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Congress, an advisory and consultative body, need to be understood in the context of China's political, economic, and social evolution that emphasize pragmatism, incremental experimentation and consensus building in managing the economic and national security of China's 1,300,000,000 people.

America's 302,000,000 people have one of the most advanced majority-rule democracies, the largest economy and over fifty percent of the world's military expenditures and assets, but do not have economic or national security today. To the degree there is economic or military conflict between America and China, it undermines the economic and national security of one hundred and ninety-two nations. America has not reciprocated China's unilateral implementation of the Principles of Peaceful Coexistence under three generations of Chinese leaders economic, foreign and defense policies during the administrations of six American presidents. America must do so now to restore its global leadership, moral authority, and economic and national security.

China has achieved unequaled economic growth and has been at peace with all nations because it is implementing Deng Xiaoping's economic policies and foreign and defense policies based on the Principles of Peaceful Coexistence. The Chinese political system is governing twenty-two percent of mankind with success that is unprecedented in its scope and speed in history. How is that success possible without American style political and legal systems?

American policymakers relentlessly criticize China's political system as being undemocratic and demand that China adopt America's majority-rule political system and current American social norms of individual liberties. Chinese social norms that seek harmony and consensus were inculcated in China's civilizations fifty-century history and China is very successful with its indigenous political and legal systems. Why should it adopt America's? American policymakers need to accept that China's indigenous political and legal systems are very successful in maintaining China's economic growth and peaceful foreign and defense policies. Ironically, American policymakers criticism of China's successful political and legal systems slow rather than speed up political change.

How does China achieve its unprecedented combination of economic growth, social and political reforms and social stability without an American style political system? How could China's GDP grow at an average of 10% per year from 1979 to 2007 consistently out-performing America and all other developed economies' GDP growth rates? How in the midst of global financial and economic crises can China's economy have grown at 9% and 8.2% in 2008 and 2009 although China's economic, political and legal systems are different than America's? It is China's indigenous political and legal systems that American policymakers seek to change that, among other factors, produced China's reemergence as the world's high-growth economy and leadership in implementing and proving the success of economic, foreign and defense policies based on the Principles of Peaceful Coexistence.
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