Global Governance

Global governance is not yet an issue for young Chinese people. Not even those who are politically and socially engaged are familiar with the expression. But once it was explained to them, they liked the general idea.

The questions we asked …

1. What role should China play politically in a concept of global governance?
2. What role should China play economically in a concept of global governance?
3. Does the education system in China teach anything about global governance?
4. What can you personally do to strengthens China’s role in a concept of global governance?

David Li
1. China should continue to develop a set of values out of its traditional political and cultural philosophies and experience accumulated over the past 30 years of development and promote them as part of global governance. China should hold on to some of the values that could counter mainstream Western narratives on global governance in terms of intellectual properties, patent systems and religion.
2. Traditional aid organizations and charities supporting developing countries have not worked. As a eveloping country and the world’s second largest economy, China has an opportunity to develop and provide more substainable economic models. This can be China’s contribution to global governance.
3. The school curriculum in China actually contains more information about other countries than the average western curriculum and thus prepares theChinese to participate in global governance. It’s a matter of building up their confidence.
4. I will continue to promote open manufacture and innovations which have emerged out of the necessities of a rapidly developing country like China in the past 30 years.

Huo Ju
1. China should take a more active part in international affairs and respect global conventions and universal values. We should stop saying “China is a special case!”
2. China should be more open. It should deregulate a large part of its territory, place fewer restrictions on social networks and the new economy, and get more in line with worldwide tendencies.
3. In conventional education this concept hasn’t yet been defined.
4. In all the IT and SNS businesses I have taken part in, we want to use a more open attitude to develop international cooperations, to push and intensify the Chinese people’s progress in integrated technologies.

Victor Qian
1. Corresponding to the economic boom, China should contribute “universal” values to global governance. Yet, China may not able to assume a greater role for a long time. Global governance is characterized by partnerships between states and non-state actors, and as for state actors, global governance tends to blur the distinction between international and domestic politics which is the last thing the CCP wants at this stage as it would theaten its monopoly of domestic political power. As for non-state actors, NGOs are still underdeveloped in China, thus far there is little Chinese presence in global civil society representing the interests and voices of Chinese society.
2. If the Chinese economy goes downhill, the global economy will be in trouble for at least 10 years, No doubt China must play an active role in global economic activities. It should have an independent and strong standpoint on domestic currency policies. The western world should respect more the values of developing or third world countries otherwise no true global governance can be achieved.
3. No, not really. There’re only a few scholars studying global governance.
4. I think in China individual roles could hardly help! Moreover China has too many internal problems to worry about at the moment.