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.
Guangdong will roll out a pilot policy taking effect May 10 to open up uninhabited islands for private development, according to local authorities.
Guangdong has nearly 2,000 islands, more than 90 percent of which are uninhab
ited, with a total area of 1,513.17 square kilometers and coastlines for 2,378.13 kilometers.
According to the policy announced by the provincial Department of Natural Resources, mark
et-oriented means for transferring the rights to uninhabited islands, including tendering and auct
ioning, should be adopted for tourism and entertainment, transport, industrial warehousing and fishing.
The department will be responsible for approving the transfers, wi
th city-level and county-level natural resources authorities to handle the preliminary work.
The department together with the provincial culture and tourism department l
ast year issued the island tourism development plan for Guangdong from 2017-2030.
A total of 195 islands are included in the plan, 167 of which are uninhabited.