ered on consensus, social harmony, stability and discipline, are more important and rel

evant than ever in the face of challenges-such as protectionism and terrorism-confronting the world today.

Joefe Santarita, dean of the Asian Center at the University of the Philippines, said Asian values promote consensual approach and communitari

anism rather than individualism, and they prioritize social order and harmony as well as respect for elders, discipline and a pate

rnalistic state along with the primary role of government in economic development.

“Asian values are the salient ingredients on how to learn to work tog

ether through trust and consequently promote globalization,” Santarita told China Da

ily. He cited China’s guanxi, a cultural concept that stresses deep personal connections and maintaining relations.

“Guanxi is a clear manifestation of a success story of a cultural element that is aptly applied

in the business sector. Trust is a fundamental element for Chinese businessmen who have engaged in com

mercial partnerships and international trading systems for centuries,” he said.

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