Tony Blair: We Can Help China Embrace the Future

Mr. Blair, former prime minister of Great Britain, is teaching a course on faith and globalization at the of Management and Divinity. From The Wall Street Journal:

and influence is shifting to the East. In time will come , too. Some see all this as a threat. I see as an enormous opportunity. But we have to exercise a lot of imagination and eliminate any vestiges of historic arrogance.

The volunteer force that staged the was interested, friendly and helpful. The whole feel of the city was a world away from the China I remember on my first visit 20 years ago. And the people are proud, really and honestly proud, of their country and its progress.

No sensible Chinese person — including the country’s leadership — doubts there remain issues of human rights and political and religious to be resolved. But neither do the sensible people — including the most Western-orientated Chinese — doubt the huge change, for the better, there has been. China is on a journey. It is moving forward quickly. But it knows perfectly well the journey is not complete. Observers should illuminate the distance to go, by all means, but recognize the distance traveled..

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