To decipher the Chinese way of thinking, a clear understanding of the linkages of modern-day China of Xi Jinping to the Tang and Ming dynasties is imperative.
The unfolding drama between the clashing forces od the Chinese dream and the American dream has riveted the world. While this rivalry has been confined to high offices and boardrooms, some fear that it may take more fearful shape to the detriment of the entire world. As China narrows the technological and economic gap between with the US, the competition will become more dangerous, unless both seek an amalgamation of their respective dreams through collaboration as was the hallmark of their relations since the 1970s till early 2000.
<p>Dr. Patrick Mendis, a Sri Lankan-born American diplomat-scholar, is a distinguished visiting professor of global affairs at the National Chengchi University and a senior fellow of the Taiwan Centre for Security Studies in Taipei. He is a senior fellow of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a commissioner of the US National Commission for UNESCO at the US Department of State. He is also distinguished visiting scholar at the National Confucius Research Institute of China in Qufu, a senior fellow and academic advisor of the Pangoal Institution of Beijing. Prior to serving in the State Department, he serves as a military professor in NATO, as well as the US Pacific Command through the University of Maryland, teaching in every major American military base in Germany, Japan, Italy, Spain, South Korea, Turkey and the United Kingdom.</p>