Wang Yangming and Chinese Cosmopolitanism in Comparative Perspective

  • Shaojin Chai


With the increasing speculation about “the rise of China” both in media outlets and academic pursuits, two questions remains highly crucial yet uncertain: what is the normative or ideal world order and what is the expectation for global governance for China? There could be many candidates for this; but recently we have seen that traditional Chinese ideas and practices, such as the idea of “harmonious world,” have been exploited to legitimize certain aspects of China’s foreign policy. After being discredited for almost 100 years in China, Confucianism seems to have revived itself to supply intellectual sources of legitimacy and governance both at home and abroad. For example, the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai symbolizes China’s resolve to restore the old glory of the Middle Kingdom by investing huge funds to attract people from “the four corners of the world” and to export China’s own values. Apparently, China is not just exporting shoes and toys but Confucian rituals and Chinese characters by establishing Confucius Institutes worldwide. As the slogan of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, “One world, one dream,” symbolizes China’s discourse shift from nationalism to globalism, many wonder what ideas and practices China can offer to a world ridden with economic crises and armed conflicts through its traditional cultural resources.


Virtue Ethic Global Governance World Order Comprehensive Doctrine Confucian Tradition 
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