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The Power of Perception and Image in Global Governance and Great Power Relations


Why does so much of the world not perceive China as it sees itself? Why have its efforts to improve its image abroad not seen a significant return on investment? And, what can be done to convey a more accurate picture of China?

Introduction
The Peoples Republic of China considers itself a benevolent nation that seeks the well-being of the world. It knows that only a win-win approach can lead to a global community where all parties build on each other’s success to provide a better life for their children and a prosperous future for all societies.1 While America discusses erecting walls and putting ‘America first,’ China has announced it will play an increasingly positive role in global governance. Under the leadership of President Xi China speaks of championing globalization, climate change, and international trade- all in an effort to build a community of a shared future for all mankind.

  1. Qi Hao.“China Debates the ‘New Type of Great Power Relations”, The Chinese Journal of International Politics, 2015, 349–370

Building a shared future through Electricity connectivity


President Xi Jinping’s keynote speech at the United Nations (UN) in Geneva in January 2017 titled “Work Together to Build a Community with Shared Future for Mankind”, has been adopted as a guiding philosophy for China’s approach to global challenges and global governance. Essential to President Xi’s “community with a shared future” is the goal of improving people’s lives.

The idea stresses promoting trade and investment liberalization and facilitation, making economic globalization more open, inclusive, and balanced so that its benefits are shared by all. 1 Furthermore, the idea holds that humans should be kind to the environment, cooperate to tackle climate change and protect the planet for the sake of humanity’s survival. Inherent in the concept of a Community for a Shared Future is interconnectivity. The logic behind this is that projects that expand interconnectivity also drive regional economic development. Through the Euroasia Interconnector, Israel is advancing both the conceptual and practical intent of a Community for a Shared Future cooperating with its European neighbors in the field of electricity.

Europe has its own vision for a community with a shared future where interconnectivity is the goal. One area where this vision is expressed is through PCI’s or Projects of Common Interest. PCI’s are intended to help the EU achieve its energy policy and climate objectives: affordable, secure and sustainable energy for all citizens, and the long-term decarbonization of the economy in accordance with the Paris Agreement.2 The EuroAsia Interconnector is recognized as a cross-border project that links the energy systems of EU countries.

  1. “China Keywords: Community with Shared Future for Mankind”, Xinhua, http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/24/c_136921370.htm, (January 24, 2018)
  2. “Questions and answers on the projects of common interest (PCIs) in energy and the electricity interconnection target”, European Commission Fact Sheet, http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-17-4708_en.htm, (November 24th, 2017)

An Israeli Perspective on President Xi’s Initiative of Building a Community with a Shared Future for Mankind


Israel’s Perspective on Xi Jinping Thought and its implications for the Middle East involves examining four key areas from the Israeli perspective: Global Governance, Great Power Relations, the BRI, and A Community for a Shared Future.

When examining the topic, Xi Jinping Thought on- A Community for a Shared Future one cannot help but recognize echoes of ancient Jewish teaching. Within Jewish thought and tradition is the concept of ‘Tikkun Olam,’ repairing the world – helping to improve one’s community and society as well as the wider world.

This parallel between ancient Jewish thought and Xi Jinping thought reminds us that the similarities between the Jews and the Chinese run deep and exist on both philosophical and practical levels. From the time of its founding, the modern state of Israel has been committed to the goal expressed by President Xi of building a community for a shared future. Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben Gurion, declared upon the founding of the State of the Jewish people that if the country could not help the world through its natural resources, the Jewish nation would contribute to all peoples through innovation. Israel went on to live up to PM Ben Gurion’s vision with such contributions as the stent that saves lives throughout the world, the flagship microprocessor of Intel used globally, and the cherry tomato that graces tables around the world.

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