In Search of Rational Dialogues in a Post-Pandemic World
Against all odds, threats and challenges, the world is moving steadily into a Pacific era powered by China’s large economy and consumer market, writes Nelson Wong, Vice Chairman of the Shanghai Centre for RimPac Strategic and International Studies. Yet it is wrong to just believe that the world’s agenda will thus be set by the Asians from now on and that the West will soon be marginalised or left out of the game. A better tomorrow for the world will not be achieved by a few countries’ attempt to contain China’s development, nor will it be determined by the outcome of confrontation between the US and China, or by splitting the world into two competing camps, as recent developments of world politics have shown. A worldwide call for rational dialogues among global leaders must therefore be placed on top of the agenda for all stakeholders to reach a consensus in order to protect and to safeguard the continued peace and development of mankind, particularly in a post-pandemic world.