The re-emergence of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) as a global power in less than four decades since Deng Xiaoping initiated the “reform and opening” policy has won widespread admiration, but has also generated anxiety as the world becomes increasingly economically interdependent, resources are ever more scarce and environmental concerns and transnational conflicts involve us all. Addressing these challenges demands that we find ways to strengthen cooperation and maximise our collective effectiveness, which in turn requires consensus and capacity building. In order to accomplish this, it is imperative that we endeavour to understand the principles and values that guide others’ actions – that is, to develop profound cultural competence (Fernkompetenz).
At CCT, we strive to nurture Fernkompetenz through promoting communication and dialogue not only about and with the PRC, but also with Chinese diaspora societies, and to explore “Chinese values” in context and application, not to view them as primordial and unchanging essences. The programmes and projects we undertake reflect this guiding ethos.