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There can’t be only violets in this world

  Nearly 10 years ago, a Chinese scholar gave a speech at the TED (“Technology”, “Entertainment”, and “Design” English word initials) conference in the United States. The main purpose was to discuss the two major narratives of the evolution and development of human society: Human society, whether its people are Christians, Muslims or Confucian believers, will leap from traditional society to modern society through democratic system. Western democratic system is the “end of history” for human beings; Chinese narrative advocates that human society follows primitive society, slave society , feudal society, capitalist society, socialist society, and finally transition to the law of communist society, communism will surely become the future of mankind.
  These are two narratives with very different paths and ends. As the largest developing country, the largest developed country, and the world’s top two economies, the development paths of China and the United States can be described as the most typical representatives, the most vivid carriers, and the most vivid presentations of these two narratives—they are intuitive It clearly shows the world the fundamental direction, evolutionary context, realization method and ultimate goal of the two major narratives.
  No two leaves on the earth are identical, and no histories, cultures or social systems are the identical. China is a super-large economy with a vast land of more than 9.6 million square kilometers, a profoundly nourished Chinese civilization for more than 5,000 years, and a population of more than 1.4 billion. Under the leadership of the Communist Party of China, it has embarked on a path of socialism with Chinese characteristics. The United States is a young country. The Mayflower arrived on the North American continent more than 400 years ago. It won independence from the modern Western colonial system and established a country only 240 years ago. Then it performed the miracle of the rise of a great power along the road of capitalism. It is full of bloody expansion of capital and plunder of war. China and the United States are two major countries with different histories, cultures, social systems, and development paths. There were differences and differences between the past and the present, and there will be differences in the future. What the United States is pursuing is capitalism, and what China is pursuing is socialism. The two sides are taking different paths. This difference is not unique today, and will continue to exist in the future. The two narratives are going in different directions, and the root cause is this.
  We cannot ask all flowers to become violets. The histories, cultures and social systems of various countries have their own advantages and disadvantages, and there is no distinction between high and low. Whether a country’s development can move forward on the river of history is subject to various subjective and objective conditions, but the key lies in whether its development direction conforms to the law of historical development and conforms to the common well-being of all mankind. At present, changes in the world, times, and history are unfolding in unprecedented ways. The deficits in peace, development, security, and governance are increasing, and human society is facing unprecedented challenges. Only by conforming to the historical trend of peace, development, cooperation, and win-win, and avoiding hegemonic and bullying behaviors such as bullying, stealing, and zero-sum games, can the future of mankind be brightened. Observing and predicting which of the two major narratives will go further into history is the most basic and important criterion for judging.

  What the United States is pursuing is capitalism, and what China is pursuing is socialism. The two sides are taking different paths. This difference is not unique today, and will continue to exist in the future. The two narratives are going in different directions, and the root cause is this.

  Under this premise, there are four more specific and specific indicators for whether a country’s path is feasible: whether it is in line with its own national conditions, whether it can solve the problems faced by the country such as economic development, social progress, improvement of people’s livelihood, and social stability. A series of questions, whether it can get the support and support of the people, and whether it can contribute to the cause of human progress. If the above indicators can be met, there is nothing wrong with whether it is the American model under the Western narrative framework or the development path under the Chinese narrative.
  In today’s world, human beings live in a world composed of different cultures, races, skin colors, religions, and different social systems. People of all countries have formed a community of destiny in which I am among you and you are among me. Human civilization has entered the 21st century, and the Cold War mentality has long been outdated. Using ideology to draw lines, engage in group politics and confrontation between camps will only divide the world. Human development is facing many common problems-the century-old changes and the century-old epidemic overlap each other, and the world has entered a new period of turmoil and change; multiple challenges such as persistent epidemics, global supply bottlenecks, inflation, debt risks, and policy uncertainties have led to the recovery of the world economy Uncertainty factors have increased significantly; unilateralism, protectionism, bullying, and countercurrent globalization have also significantly increased uncertainties in international governance. Standing at this major historical turning point, all countries should not only face unprecedented challenges, but also seize unprecedented opportunities. We should look at and deal with the two roads of China and the United States from this perspective.
  On the one hand, we must actively establish a new concept of win-win, multi-win, and win-win, and abandon the old thinking that you lose and I win, and the winner takes all. On the one hand, we must clearly see that under the current situation, the common interests of China and the United States are not reduced, but more. No conflict, no confrontation, and peaceful coexistence between China and the United States are the most basic common interests of the two countries. The economies of China and the United States are deeply integrated, facing new development tasks, and need to benefit from each other’s development, which is also a common interest. The post-epidemic recovery of the global economy, the response to climate change, and the resolution of regional hotspot issues are also inseparable from the coordination and cooperation between China and the United States. This is still a common interest.
  The vast earth can fully accommodate the two paths of China and the United States to develop independently and prosper together. Whether China and the United States can properly handle their relationship is a question of the century that the two countries must answer. If China and the United States cooperate, both countries and the world will benefit; if China and the United States confront each other, both countries and the world will suffer. China and the U.S. must move forward on the right course, not yaw, not stall, let alone collide. The respective success of China and the United States is an opportunity rather than a challenge to each other.
  From the perspective of big history, both Chinese narratives and Western narratives represented by the United States are building a complete map of human institutional civilization in their own ways and efforts. During this process, China fully respects the competing and cooperative development of the two narratives. The internal and external policies of the Chinese party and government are open and transparent, their strategic intentions are aboveboard, and they maintain a high degree of continuity and stability. China never seeks to change the existing international order, does not interfere in the internal affairs of the United States, and has no intention of challenging and replacing the United States. The United States has American-style democracy, and China has Chinese-style democracy, both of which are in line with their respective national conditions. The whole process of people’s democracy in China is based on China’s national conditions, history and culture, and reflects the will of the people. We are also proud of it. The so-called “democracy against authority” is not a feature of today’s world, let alone conform to the trend of the times. If China manages its own affairs well, it is a contribution to the world. If the United States manages its own affairs well, it is also a contribution to the world. Explore the way for the two countries to get along correctly in the new era, find the right direction for the development of bilateral relations, and push China-US relations back to the track of healthy and stable development, benefiting both countries and the world.
  We are all people in the drama of the development of the times and observers of historical evolution. Chinese narrative and Western narrative, who will keep up with the trend of the times and the beat of history, who will be involved in the undercurrent of the times and the black hole of history, and who will fall into the sand. We are fortunate to witness that history will eventually judge.

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