Anyone who is interested in how the Chinese think, this is very worth the (long) read. 🙂
Except: “What I want to conclude with is to say that as the I Ching [Book of Changes, an ancient Chinese divination text] teaches us, there are cycles within cycles. China may be on the way up today. One day it will peak, one day it will decline. Europe may be struggling now, but one day it will recover and come up again. The US is also going through a cyclical change.
There must be a humility in whatever stage of the cycle we are in – particularly if we are up, one day we will be down. When we have that humility and see in another person an identity with a history like our own, who has his good points and his own wisdom from which I can learn and benefit, then we will have a better world.”
George Yeo – a former Singaporean minister for foreign affairs.