Our thought on diplomacy for a new era is grounded on "Hehe" or Harmony and Cooperation. Dating back thousands of years, there were so many dynasties and rulers in the history of China.
Yet, having gone through ups and downs, China is home to 56 ethnic groups, as if a garden where different local cultures blossom together.
An ancient Chinese saying references the vast ocean embracing all rivers running into it. Specifically, "Hehe" can be traced back to Confucian thought on harmony, much of which stresses three principal harmonious relationships.
First, harmony between human and nature. In Chinese culture, human life is part and parcel of nature.Second, harmony among people.
In Confucius' eyes, an individual cannot live without community and society. Interpersonal harmony, hence, is crucial for us.
Third, harmony within oneself. Chinese thinking highlights that people should not only understand the external world but more importantly, uplift their internal state of mind or pursue the inner world of "Junzi," also known as a virtuous man.