Joefe Santarita, dean of the Asian Center at the Unive

rsity of the Philippines, said Asian values promote consensual approach and communitarianism

rather than individualism, and they prioritize social order and harmony as well as respect for elders, disc

ipline and a paternalistic state along with the primary role of government in economic development.

“Asian values are the salient ingredients on how to learn to work togeth

er through trust and consequently promote globalization,” Santarita told China Daily.

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 co

mmercial partnerships and international trading systems for centuries,” he said.

Santarita said a similar concept can also be found in other Asian count

ries, citing the Philippines’ compadrazgo and Indonesia’s bapakism as examples.

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