Western businesspersons and scholars are increasingly requesting constructive introspection from their media and politicians rather than the typical knee-jerk reaction of using China as a scapegoat for problems.
Mammo Muchie, a professor at Aalborg University in Denmark, said objective attitudes toward China are vital for the younger generation, since countries will need to cooperate with each other in an increasingly multipolar world.
“We don’t need to flatter or condemn China, but rather understand China,” Muchie said.
Yaw Shin Leong, a member of Singapore’s parliament, said the “key to managing challenges in a world where China is increasingly prominent may be an appreciation that all actors may have to work consciously and actively on coordination and mutual accommodation”.
“A rising China cannot address major regional and global economic shocks on its own,” Leong added. “Sound global governance and coordination is essential.”