The Architecture of World Governance
The UN Reform and the Alterglobalization Movement
Setting up an Arbitration Tribunal on Debt: An Alternative Solution?
Dialogs on Party Systems and Global Democratization
Rethinking Global Governance
For a Legitimate, Efficient, and Democratic Global Governance
Redefining Global Governance to Meet the Challenges of the Twenty-first Century
The Future of Global Governance
Structure of Global Governance: Explaining the Organizational Design of Global Rulemaking Institutions
The UN and World Governance
The UN: Which Reforms for What Future?
Moving Toward a New World Governance
Persistent corruption in low-income countries requires global action
Final Declaration of the Sixth World Parliamentary Forum - Caracas 2006
Proposals for a New World Governance
World Governance. A Personal European View
For Global Reform, a Social Democratic Approach to Globalization
From the Forum for a new World Governance (FnWG) to the World Democratic Forum (WDF)
Hearing on Neo-liberal Politics and European Transnational Corporations in Latin America and the Caribbean
Rethinking and Changing World Governance
Territories and Globalization: The Stakes of Development
A Primer on Global Economic Sharing
Policy Paper on Education: Building the Future through Quality Education
A Global Pension Plan
Bank of the South, International Context, and Alternatives
The Challenge of Environmental Governance
Forging a World of Liberty under Law: US National Security in the Twenty-first Century
Dictionary of World Power
Global Environmental Governance: Elements of a Reform Agenda
Migrants spearhead an unprecedented political-cultural battle: to open new routes to the world
Imagine All the People: Advancing a Global Citizens Movement
Second Meeting of the China, Europe, and South America Dialog Group: Civil Societies Moving Forward for Change
As China becomes an increasingly key player in the future of globalization, this article traces the evolution of Chinese thinking about the modernization of society and the country. It examines the key moments of China’s political history and the debates and standpoints that have developed within Chinese society.
But although modernization was initially an involuntary choice forcefully imposed by the Western world, China has since undergone a great many trials and tribulations to make it her own. The adventure of modernization is as perilous as ever, but has now become a voluntary choice decided on by China with determination, convinced that she can resuscitate her glorious past to light up tomorrow’s world.
However, China first needs to shed light on her own path by switching constantly between tradition and modernity in search of an "alternative modernity," even if it means reviving certain values that are not associated with modernity. These values include altruism, solidarity, sympathy, compassion, empathy, loyalty, harmony with nature, and an attitude of responsibility toward others.
China obviously does not have a monopoly on these so-called pre-modern values. Nevertheless, a number of negative effects of modernity spring from the cult of self and individualism by destroying the old social structures, and the fact that Confucianism epitomizes the concept of relationship with others means that it should be able to help revive people’s awareness of their responsibilities to others in the search for the common good. China needs to make her ancient civilization a source of inspiration for this ‘alternative modernity’ — an alternative that needs to be forged in the melting pot of modernization and globalization — and to harness her survival and future to humanity’s shared destiny.