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The Challenge

To manage systemic global risks, we must manage transnational challenges more effectively. The tension between the short-term popular pressures on national leaders, and the trade-offs needed to balanc ...

To manage systemic global risks, we must manage transnational challenges more effectively. The tension between the short-term popular pressures on national leaders, and the trade-offs needed to balance costs and benefits in international transactions and those with intergenerational significance, complicates collective action. Current events, from the recent global (and European) financial crises, through geopolitical challenges and the transformative effects of new technologies, to the risk of inflection points if we transgress planetary boundaries, make it clear that present arrangements are unsatisfactory.

The authors compare translations of some culturally important Chinese terms in the writings of a Western missionary and a Chinese intellectual. They seek to display a unique logic behind the double interpretation of Chinese and Western ideas in their writings, and suggest that this logic should be the foundation of constructive global coexistence.