The unusual socioeconomic growth of East Asia has attracted consideration to the social traditions of the continent on a global scale. Asian values, according to their proponents, are the key to Asian economic success and offer a different perspective on international governance from Western democratic values like capitalism, democracy, and animal rights. These assertions, however, are contentious. According to critics, Asian values rely on basic stereotypes about Asian societies and cultures and support authoritarian regimes. Others have argued that Asian beliefs are nothing more than a ruse for autocratic governments looking to distance themselves from Western influence and control, casting doubt on the veracity of Asiatic economic development designs.

Hexie, or harmony, is the foundation of traditional Chinese views, which value coexistence while respecting diversity. They are based on the idea that a strong of opposing forces organizes plurality by transforming disequilibrium into an equilibrium state, mismatch into balance, and incoordination into coordination. The principles of peaceful coexistence, shared respect for territorial conditions and sovereignty, non-interfering in one another’s domestic affairs, equality, and common benefit are all reflected in the diplomacy of China.

Confucian ideas of social order emphasize the value of decency, such as modesty and discretion, helping out neighbors, respecting rituals and social norms, and knowing one’s place and acting accordingly ( inferiors respect superiors. Superiors look out for inferiors ). Another factor is commitment to one’s family and community. Especially in Cina, where the state does not offer support solutions for this value, these values directly affect intergenerational relationships and how adult children care for their elderly parents.