China should follow jen
- Whether for moral reasons, or because it is needed if non-Han are to trust China to be a good world leader, China needs to follow here several thousand years old ancient principle/value of jen. If I remember from that college course, the "j" is pronounced as an "r". Jen means humaneness, and it was often taught over the millenniums that the government should base itself on jen. Jen is sort of a broad concept, but here is one definition. From Theodore de Bary, ed. (1960), SOURCES OF CHINESE TRADITION, V. 1, Columbia University Press, page 262, quoting Pao-p'u Tzu, "They must treat others as they treat themselves, and extend their humaneness (jen) even to insects."
At the moment, considering what China did in the Haitian crisis, the Chinese government appears not to be following jen.
In comparison with the EU and the United States, who are donating hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to Haiti, China was reported to be only donating one million dollars. Not only that, but a relief plane from China hogged the only airstrip for two hours, not letting other relief airplanes land, while China did propaganda photographs of the airplane with the Chinese flag, etc.
In context, at the worst of the world wide recession, China only dropped to about a 6% growth rate, so China is in much better shape economically than the rest of the world. In addition, China's approximately 10% per year growth rate the last couple of decades has been due to other nations allowing China to have a massive hundreds of billions of dollars per year trade surplus from Chinese exports, and also due to the transfer of a massive amount of technology to China. China also has a several trillion dollars in foreign reserves and assets.
Therefore, China should have done more for Haiti than a tiny one million dollar donation and blocking the runway.
If China wants to be the world's leader, China needs to treat people of other nations better than that.
The Chinese government needs to reform itself and begin following the ancient Chinese principle/value jen.