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9/25

the argument aboout this book is China’s current development is a promise or a threat to the west and the world in the future.

“While supplying such information, this book asks the question if the Western observer should consider China in the present and in the foreseeable future to be a threat or rather a promise to the West and to the rest of the world”(1) Horst J. Helle, 2017

For thousands of years, the Chinese have believed themselves to be at the center of the universe, and this ethnocentric view has often been a reason to threaten the collective actions of other nations. But now, after long and bitter wars and cultural struggles, educated contemporaries in China and the west have found it desirable to overcome ethnocentrism. There is interest not only in the threat to China but also in the hopeful developments that an exchange could lead to: China’s relations with the rest of the world, especially the west, are drawing increasing attention. “While supplying such information, this book asks the question if the Western observer should consider China in the present and in the foreseeable future to be a threat or rather a promise to the West and to the rest of the world”(1) Horst J. Helle, 2017. The author compares the differences between Chinese and western cultures as well as people and behaviors, so that readers can better understand the threats and commitments that the Chinese and westerners face or hide. The author also studies the history of China and discusses the influence of Confucianism and Mozi on the development of China.

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