Many developing nations see China as a champion and as an investor. Western countries wish to see China shoulder a greater share of the burden of global leadership, and a growing number of Chinese citizens want China to reclaim its ancient role of international dominance. But is China ready to “lead the world?” Has it reached the stage where it can set the international tone, take the central role on global issues and provide preeminent guidance toward the future? To many the answer might be “yes”, but as the foundations of the powerhouse economy are actually weaker than they seem, that assessment may be premature.
CKGSB Honorary Professor of Humanities Tu Weiming has been involved in the teaching of Confucianism for more than 40 years, but the former director at the Harvard-Yenching Institute sees himself as more than an educator and academic. His active promotion of the Confucian humanistic tradition includes engaging dialogues with other religious traditions, defending Confucian tenets […]