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China and America's leadership in Peaceful Coexistence

21:03, May 04, 2010

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By John Milligan-Whyte and Dai Min

We live in the Age of Species Lethal Weapons and Science in which mankind has no future in the clash of civilizations. The fundamental 21st century foreign policy, defense strategy and scientific research issue are preventing our species perishing from the earth. "Species Lethal Weapons and Science" refers to the use of "weapons of mass destruction" to the extent that the human gene pool is entirely destroyed as a living entity. Preventing that is the "Human Extinction Challenge," which is a clear and present danger that is just as foreseeable as suicide bombers' attacks with weapons that are not powerful enough yet to end our species' existence.

President Obama convened the Nuclear Summit of world leaders because he knows the dangers mankind faces. But, American policymakers are focusing too narrowly in trying to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons, which is necessary but insufficient. Defending the American people and the increasingly fragile economic and ecological systems on which the existence of all civilizations depend requires that President Obama launch a successful new era of the collaboration of civilizations.

President Obama can count on China's support in launching a New Era of the Collaboration of Civilizations that benefit all mankind and all nations. A new book in the America-China Partnership Book Series explains why and how President Obama can successfully launch the Era of the Collaboration of Civilizations. China and America's Leadership in Peaceful Coexistence is the only book by an American author that China's Central Party School has translated and published since 1989, when it published Paul Kennedy's The Rise and Fall of Great Nations. It was translated and published in China in preparation for Presidents' Obama and Hu Jintao's meetings, with the title Sino-US Relations in the Obama Administration: Facing Shared Challenges.

China is the nation with nuclear weapons that has led mankind in implementing and demonstrating the success of the Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, which American policymakers enshrined in the United Nations Charter after the catastrophic lessons of World War I and World War II in an attempt to prevent World War III.

The Age of Species Lethal Weapons and Science began with the invention of nuclear weapons by America in the Manhattan Project in 1942-1945 and use of them to defend itself and end the clash of civilizations in World War II. American policymakers have a unique responsibility now to mankind to lead in the creation of the Era of the Collaboration of Civilizations. But they have a 20th century mindset and are not yet focused on ending the clash of civilizations in the 21st century. Some Americans, such as Samuel Huntington, believe that it is not possible to end the clash of civilizations.

In the Age of Species Lethal Weapons and Science our species' emotions, thought processes and behavior traits, which developed earlier in our evolution, can end both our own lives and our existence as a species. We evolved because we are a violent, oppressive and aggressive gene pool. Each day's news of conflict in our "global village" demonstrates that our emotions, thought processes, behavior and defense systems desperately require improvement. The proliferation of Species Lethal Weapons and Science will enable even one or a few of us, whether a national leader, or a small group, or an individual, to destroy all of us with nuclear, biological or other species lethal weapons or science that we may not even imagine yet.

We are an endangered species because of the clash of civilizations. We have reached the stage in four billion years of evolution when the proliferation of our scientific knowledge has made it a question of time before we suffer accidents, attacks, or war using Species Lethal Weapons and Science unless we can prevent them and develop new defense systems. We must quickly overcome the features of human nature that will make us a failed species.

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John Milligan-Whyte and Dai Min are the executive producers and co-hosts of the Collaboration of Civilizations television series adapted by the eight books they wrote in the America-China Partnership Book Series published in English and Mandarin in 2009-2010. They founded the America-China Partnership Foundation and Forum in 2008 and the Center for America-China Partnership in 2005. E-mail: [email protected]