The China Code

Submitted by James Miller on Thu, 08/04/2011 - 11:51
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TitleThe China Code
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsDoctoroff, T.
PublisherSpringer New York

China is evolving—it is becoming modern and international—but its trajectory will never intersect with the West’s. Fortunes have waxed and waned over thousands of years, but Chinese civilization has remained apart. Enduring fundamentals—morality rooted in stability, anti-individualism and a micro-analytic, balance-obsessed worldview—both fuel contemporary growth and preclude China’s ascendance as a superpower capable of projecting values abroad. A unifying Confucian Conflict between trenchant ambition and diffused anxiety also explains the actions and attitudes of ordinary Chinese people. This street level article articulates an insecure or safe continuum of twelve quintessentially behavioral characteristics that are observed in all realms of contemporary life including diplomacy, business, consumer behavior and social structure. They are: Ritualistic Observation, Robotic Depersonalization, Hierarchical Regimentation, Anxious Self-protection, Trust Facilitation, Pragmatic Elasticity, Incremental Progression, Released Repression, Confidence Projection, Epic Ambition, Scaled Mobilization and Joyful Celebration.