November 12, 2014

THERE IS ONLY CONFORMITY TO OUR VALUES:

US-China pacts: a leap for universal values (Editorial Board  NOVEMBER 12, 2014, CS Monitor)

Who will shape global values in the 21st century?

One answer may lie in a set of extraordinary pacts signed by China and the United States at a summit this week in Beijing. These two giant nations, so often at odds over clashing interests, were able to find a common vision for curbing climate emissions, improving military conduct in the air and sky, opening more trade, and granting generous visas that would be valid for 10 years.

Each pact by itself marks specific progress, notably on the environment, peace, prosperity, and people exchanges. Taken together, however, they are based on common principles applicable to all.

They also put to the test China's claim that there are no "universal values" but rather only the overlapping interests of countries based on their own culture and politics. Relations between nations, in China's view, are determined by power distribution and order, not shared values. [...]

The concept of universal values rests on a notion of a common affinity between peoples, an inclusiveness that crosses borders, a shared understanding of what is good and true. So when the world's most populous nation (China) and its wealthiest and most powerful (the US) join hands on four agreements of universal benefit, that concept takes a big leap forward.

That great "leap forward" is an unfortunate usage.
Posted by at November 12, 2014 6:03 PM
  

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