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MESSAGE TO PRESIDENT OBAMA ON INTERNET FREEDOM AND

HARMONY

From: Francis Fung [mailto:francis@worldharmonyorg.net]


Sent: Saturday, January 23, 2010 7:35 PM
To: James Fallows
Subject: HARMONY DIPLOMACY VS SMART DIPLOMACY

Dear Jim,

You and I are friends from way back. So I will openly discuss with you on the latest
Google and Hilary Clinton "Smart Diplomacy" move. We both know that it is
orchestrated by the State Department. The latest, beginning with Clinton's dinner with
CEO of Google, Intel, Microsoft and others. That is why Google launched "May be
Google will withdraw from China because China hacking" next day. Regardless whether
Google or the Chinese government is in the right, Google is most loyal to the Obama
Administration compares to Intel and Microsoft. It is understandable, because Google is
the biggest Corporate supporter and has enjoyed the most recognition from the
American government.

I am concerned that the Smart Diplomacy carried out by Clinton and the U.S. Embassy
in China may appear to be smart by attacking China's basic values but may backfire.
Smart Diplomacy is misleading and implies that America will resort to any means to
achieve our national goals. By appearing to be too aggressive it will unite China and
large parts of the developing world behind China. Many including you may see through
the current move as self motivated, even you the highly regarded American patriot.

As the highly esteemed National Corespondent of Atlantic Monthly just returned from
China you know the Chinese Government is powerful and have a lot of resources and
good will these days. New China has come a long way since her three decades of reform
and opening up. They are also serious about opening the Internet for the bottom up feed
back for more citizen participation in public affairs (see John Naisbitt book "China's
Megatrends"). Without going into detail at this writing, this whole smart diplomacy
gamble should have been much lower key so the Chinese government will be willing to
work with the U.S..

I have started a series of articles under the titles "Message to President Obama on
Harmony Renaissance", "Message to President Obama on Harmony Diplomacy" etc.
They are widely circulated through blogsites and social websites. I know for a fact
Obama's staff has picked up some of my articles through Tweeter. I have a lot of written
material yet on soft power that can help Obama gain more traction to override the State
Department with his version of Harmony Diplomacy. I believe "Harmony Diplomacy is
the Golden Rule for Global Governance".

I plan to launch a new series of "Messages to President Obama on Internet Freedom and
Harmony" to persuade America to tone down this "Internet Freedom" attack on China
and resort to Harmony Diplomacy. The only win-win way to work with China is
through harmony approach. China's dignity was hurt during the last cold war. It does not
help any body by repeating it. Under this relentless attack from the U.S. government and
media, China will skillfully counter America with her powerful media on what she likely
will consider as U.S. "Internet Hegemony" and "Information Imperialism". Most
Chinese today have looked away from the last cold war when America was regarded as
an imperialistic hegemony power. Let us not bring the cold war back.

We have lost so much soft power in the last decade. "Internet Power", the new found
power is our last frontier. We need to use this "Internet Power" wisely and sparingly. At
the end we may not be able to dominate the Internet space forever. We may soon need to
share "Internet Power" with China and India.

If Clinton come on too strong with her gamble, it is hard to predict whom the rest of the
developing world will side with. You know we are loosing ground on our "Human
Rights" thrust in U.N. U.N., for what ever we think, will continue to play an important
role in shaping world harmony whether America likes it or not. So America media may
want to stop bashing Ban Ki-Moon also. Ban said "I only want to work on U.N.
harmony." See my personal story in my response to "Asian Values and U.N. Principles",
available on Tweeter or www.scribd.com/fcwfung.

Call me to brain storm. You have my phone number. I am afraid Clinton is too over
confident because she thinks that she has a winning hand. Let me share with you what
Laotzu said about soft power.“The supreme good is like water, which nourishes all
things without trying to”, “Water the soft can bore a hole through the hardest
rock” and “Water the soft can sink or float the mightiest ship”. I know China will
take the long view. I like to prepare President Obama to come out to play the good guy
with his version of Harmony Diplomacy.

In Service of Harmony Renaissance on Behalf of World Harmony Organization

Francis
Dear Leo and Harmony Friends,

Thank you for your concurrence on the inevitability of Harmony on Internet Space.
America has dominant Internet soft power now. However, others are catching up fast. In
fact other nation Internet Spaces are growing faster than ours. We may want to use our
last frontier advantage wisely (until another technology comes along) instead of using it
as a tool to force other nations into conformity.

Why must we force our Youtube and Tweeter on others who now also have their own
versions? Why can't we let them enjoy their own version of Internet Space? Let us share
overlapping regional independent Internet Spaces.

It may seem "Smart Diplomacy" at the moment. Over aggressiveness in promoting our
standards always invite counter reactions. Haven't we learned already? Our media is not
letting us know. We are not doing so well on Human Rights Debate in United Nations.
It is better to use Harmony Diplomacy than Smart Diplomacy. The latter sounds self
motivated.

I invite all Harmony Friends to share your opinion on "Greater Internet Freedom" that is
more conducive to a harmonious "Harmony Internet Space", before we are led blindly
into another unnecessary cold war. I see it coming by Hillary Clinton's posturing. Do
you see it coming? Please share your opinion and ideas with our Harmony Friends and
so we can all enjoy Harmony.

Best of Harmony
Francis C W Fung
In Service of Harmony Renaissance.

FROM DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS AND INTERNET FREEDOM


TO HARMONY

DEAR HILLARY CLINTON

WHY CAN’T WE ALL GET ALONG? WHY CAN’T WE HAVE HARMONY?


WHY MUST WE ONLY HAVE ONE U.S. DOMINATED INTERNET? WHY CAN’T WE HAVE
CHINESE AND OTHER INTERNETS AS WELL? WHY CAN’T WE HAVE REGIONAL
INTERNETS THAT OVERLAP? DIFFERENT INTERNETS CAN ACCEPT AND RESPECT
EACH OTHER. THIS WAY THE DIFFERENT INTERNETS CAN EXIST WITH UNITY IN
DIVERSITY. THAT IS WHAT HARMONY IS ALL ABOUT.
HAVEN'T WE HAD ENOUGH OF ONE DEVASTATING COLD WAR ALREADY? DO WE
REALLY NEED ANOTHER COLD WAR? COULDN'T OUR REGIONAL INTERNETS
INTERACT FREELY IN HARMONY?

FRANCIS C W FUNG, PH.D.


DIRECTOR GENERAL
WORLD HARMONY ORGANIZATION
FRANCIS@WORLDHARMONYORG.NET

I invite all Harmony Friends to share your opinion on "Greater Internet Freedom" that is
more conducive to a harmonious "Harmony Internet Space", before we are led blindly
into another unnecessary cold war. I am afraid Internet freedom is being set up as
another pillar of America foreign policy, similar to our past Democracy and Human
Rights pillars as "Smart Power". Do you see it coming? Please share your opinion and
ideas with our Harmony Friends and so we can all enjoy Harmony. Harmony Diplomacy
does not set up any standard to judge others. It is unity in diversity.

Francis

Laj said: "Now back to your subject:

WHY CAN’T WE ALL GET ALONG?

Whenever we’ve to share with others what we have, we may choose not to get along with the other.

WHY CAN’T WE HAVE HARMONY?

Because there is no subjective order in place! The objective world has inherent order – an atom of
sodium will always have the same physical

and chemical properties because of the same chemical structure in all sodium atoms, inherent
harmony.

WHY MUST WE ONLY HAVE ONE U.S. DOMINATED INTERNET?

Because China , India and others haven’t come up with tactical internets to overpower the current
internet!

WHY CAN’T WE HAVE CHINESE AND OTHER INTERNETS AS WELL?

There is no reason they can’t!

WHY CAN’T WE HAVE REGIONAL INTERNETS THAT OVERLAP?

There is no reason they can’t!

DIFFERENT INTERNETS CAN ACCEPT AND RESPECT EACH OTHER. THIS WAY THE DIFFERENT
INTERNETS CAN EXIST WITH UNITY IN DIVERSITY. THAT IS WHAT HARMONY IS ALL ABOUT.
There are no problems with the internets (?) because they are material avenues for the expression of
thoughts. It is only when the

subjective opinions (policies) get in the way that may (depending upon the versatility of the
individual internet) tap the other (internets) for other viewpoints

and block the other (internets) for tactical benefit that may be tactically put in place (ordered!)
Whosoever said that the powerful really likes to endorse harmony!

HAVEN'T WE HAD ENOUGH OF ONE DEVASTATING COLD WAR ALREADY?

But that’s what had our (perceived) economy going.

DO WE REALLY NEED ANOTHER COLD WAR?

For economic reasons, yes! We’ll be naïve to think that it is not in the works.

COULDN'T OUR REGIONAL INTERNETS INTERACT FREELY IN HARMONY?

That depends upon the regional governments!

What really is or will be has nothing to do with what should be for harmony
and that’s where we come into picture – the like minded subjects

willing to do whatever it takes (?) to establish harmony.

Your sojourner in peace and harmony,"

Laj

Dear Francis,

You defined, from my point of view, a sole correct vector of development for traditional
values in the 21st century: a vector in global harmony direction. It is the universal trend
acceptable to all nations and the most effective of all possible for humanity in our global
time and space. This historical tendency received the first scientific and all-round
illumination in the program book of the GHA 120 members: “Harmonious
Civilization”: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=379.

I was glad to publish your remarkable letter on your personal


page: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=410.

Best harmony wishes,

Leo
Dr. Leo Semashko,
GHA President

Dear Noor,

Your insight as underlined is the idea of "Greater Internet Freedom". Where no one nation is
dominating the "Internet Space". Right now America is the greatest Internet power. Because of
our early start, our Internet Corporations, Youtube and Tweeter already flooded the Internet
Space. There is no need for our government to force conformity to other nations. We need more
harmonious and diverse Internet Space by encouraging independent regional and overlapping
Internets. Like you say no nation, America or other future Super power should dominate.

I like your upholding of fair play and "Harmony Diplomacy", "As with air pollution, climate
change and a myriad of other issues of international impact in coming years, the nations
must first learn to respect each other and conduct affairs of mutual impact through
mutually respectful diplomacy (Harmony Diplomacy?). If instead greed and power and
control become the norm, then our world is not going to last for long. Cultivation of
spirituality, harmony and peace are becoming more and more crucial by the day. We need
more compassion and respect for each other, not greed, exploitation and selfishness.

I invite all Harmony Friends to share your opinion on "Greater Internet Freedom" that is more
conducive to a harmonious "Harmony Internet Space", before we are led blindly into another
unnecessary cold war. I am afraid Internet freedom is being set up as another pillar of America
foreign policy, similar to our past Democracy and Human Rights pillars as "Smart Power". Do
you see it coming? Please share your opinion and ideas with our Harmony Friends and so we
can all enjoy Harmony. Harmony Diplomacy does not set up any standard to judge others. It is
unity in diversity.

Francis

Dear Francis, Leo, and all:


I believe that this internet issue is of vital importance not only for internet communications but for
future world peace. Within the USA, there is a raging debate and actions for and against network
neutrality. For public good, the internet MUST remain neutral, i.e., it must remain a free mode of
communication that belongs to the public, at no charge. Corporations must not be allowed to
take it over, commercialize it in the sense of owning the airwaves, and then charging for the use
of it. I think that given the new US Supreme court ruling giving corporations the power even to
contribute without limit to the election process, it is only a matter of time before the corporations
have a total hold of everything, starting with control over Congress and government itself. If this
state of affairs is not changed through new legislation before it is too late, we can kiss democracy
goodbye in America, and in relatively short time. And if that happens, it is only a matter of time
before internet airwaves are owned by the corporations, which will charge for its use to the public,
which will lose any power over it.

Now, globalization has already spread US economic power throughout the world, often
even with military threats and even its use (e.g., Iraq). Do we want internet to become a
reason for US threat to other countries, or for that matter, in the future when other
countries may replace the US as superpower, do we want any such countries to damage
peace for control of the internet?

I think it is important that the airwaves belong to the people and not the governments. For that to
happen, no country should have power over the global airwaves and internet. I think that not
only should the US not define how internet is to be used outside its borders, but it should
also safeguard its use within the USA. As with air pollution, climate change and a myriad
of other issues of international impact in coming years, the nations must first learn to
respect each other and conduct affairs of mutual impact through mutually respectful
diplomacy. If instead greed and power and control become the norm, then our world is
not going to last for long. Cultivation of spirituality, harmony and peace are becoming
more and more crucial by the day. We need more compassion and respect for each other,
not greed, exploitation and selfishness.

Noor

Dear Leo, Laj and Noor,

Thank you for your response in support of Internet Harmony. Google is currently in
sensitive negotiation with China on the future of Google in China. Google may withdraw
its search engine because of its high profile announcement implying Chinese hacking but
it still wants to leave its advertising department because it is highly profitable. Since the
U.S. State Depart5ment and Hillary Clinton have launched the Internet Freedom attack
on China in conjunction with Google’s announcement, China has refuted Google and
Clinton’s criticism of Internet censorship as groundless. Let us examine what is the real
truth behind this publicity stunt by Google with the support of U.S. State Department. Of
last even President Obama has added his weight by sending a note asking China to
explain (See “Commentary: Internet-New Shot in the Arm for U.S. Hegemony”, China
Daily, Jan. 22, 2010).

Immediately after Google’s warning to other American high tech companies doing
business in China, Microsoft’s CEO questioned Google’s position as senseless. He stated
that hacking is an international phenomenon. China is also being hacked on a daily basis
with origins from America. By withdrawing from China does not escape being hacked
by international hackers. Google should obey Chinese laws in order to do business in
China as an International norm. “Noting that most countries exert some sort of control
over information, Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer added his company must
comply with the laws and customs of any country where it does business. It is an
operational norm observable by all foreign-funded enterprises to respect and comply
with laws and regulations as well as public interests and the cultural tradition of the
host country.”

Google's CEO Eric Schmidt stated that he "loves China and the Chinese people."
The author of this article holds that such love should not be empty talk. Google
should show its sincerity by taking practical actions and should first abide by
China's laws and not seek any privilege in China, stop launching surprise attacks
against China if it really "loves China." At the same time, Google should take the
Chinese people's feelings into consideration and stop using Chinese customers as
hostage to confront the Chinese government. China Daily Jan 20, 2010

The U.S. move to make Internet freedom an issue just indicates its continued
application of double standards. People just wish that the United States will respect
facts and treat others equally. It is not acceptable for someone to assume for
themselves the high moral ground and arbitrarily make baseless charges against
others. “Don't impose double standards on Internet freedom" In a China Daily
article, dated Jan 24, 2010.

Microsoft Corp Chairman Bill Gates has described Beijing's efforts to censor the
Internet as "very limited", saying corporations which operate in China should abide
by the local law. In an interview on ABC's Good Morning America on Monday about
Google's dispute with China, Gates said the Internet is subject to different kinds of
censorship around the world, noting that Germany forbids pro-Nazi statements that
would be protected as free speech in the United States.

"And you've got to decide: Do you want to obey the laws of the countries you're in, or
not? If not, you may not end up doing business there," Gates, the world's richest
man, said without mentioning the search engine giant by name.

"The Chinese efforts to censor the Internet have been very limited and so I think
keeping the Internet thriving there is very important."

He declared he was unimpressed and a bit perplexed by Google's recent threat to


shut down its operations in China, citing disagreements with government policies
and unspecified attacks.

One may or may not agree with the laws in China, Gates said, but nearly all
countries have some controversial laws or policies, including the United States.

"What point are they making?" Gates asked. "Now, if Google ever chooses to pull
out of the United States, then I'd give them credit."

See attached “Gates: Net curbs in China very limited’

by Qin Jize (China Daily) Updated: 2010-01-27 06:57

Selected Harmony articles of World Harmony Blogsite were blocked


and censored on Jan 24-25 January, 2010 for unknown reasons. See
following email from Scribd Team : (I received following email from
Scribd on Jan 27, 2010)
FRANCIS FUNG,
In response to an event that occurred the weekend of 24-25 January 2010, the following
documents have been made private and are only viewable by you. If you intended these
documents to be viewable to the general public, you can easily make them public by
clicking the links below and changing the visibility from "Private - keep this document
secret" to "Public - anyone can see this document":
• Message to President Obama on Harmony Renaissance
• Asian Values and United Nations Principles
• Message to President Obama on U.N. Principles
• Harmony Diplomacy vs Smart Diplomacy
Thanks,
The Scribd Team

Comment: Internet - New shot in the arm


for US hegemony
(chinadaily.com.cn)
Updated: 2010-01-22 16:10

EXCERPT

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Twitter and other social networking sites
are "strategic assets of great importance" because "these new technologies make it
harder for the 'dictator regimes' to control information". A former intelligence official
said the channeling of US ideology via the Internet is much easier than sending
spies to target countries or training local agents in target countries who identify with
US ideology

According to a Hong Kong media agency, the CIA invests tens of millions of US
dollars every year to aid "Chinese net traitors" to infiltrate Chinese net users with US
ideology. They haunt major Chinese forums and portals. A website called "Wazhe
Online" (Chinese Pinyin) is a secret mission with the cooperation of US government
institutions and overseas "Tibetan splittist organizations" with the tasks of agitating,
deluding, infiltrating and instigating Chinese net users, making up rumors to initiate
riots and collecting information via the Internet. A Tibetan youth who once worked
with one organization said it is an online spy agency which is supported by the US
financially, controlled by the Americans and serves the Americans. A commentary on
Hong Kong-based Ta Kung Pao said those who publish stories sensitive to China's
policies on the net have complex backgrounds and are hired by US and Japanese
spy agencies.

US State Secretary Hillary Clinton has also attached importance to the Internet after
taking office. She claimed that it's necessary to deal with the countries that roll back
US media with the force of the Internet, especially making use of Facebook,
YouTube, Flicker and Twitter to send voices from the US.

Former US President George W. Bush issued National Security Presidential


Directive 16 (NSPD-16) to set up the first hacker force in American history, as well
as of world history, in 2002. With the technology advantages, the US Department of
Defense (DoD) advanced the idea of cyber warfare in 2004. In the summer of the
same year, Bush signed a secret document which agreed to allow the DoD to launch
a "hacker-style" devastation attacking enemies' computers. At the beginning of 2008,
Bush again allowed the US forces to launch the cyber-attacks initially with the regard
to giving the DoD a greater counter-power on the network. He demanded the forces
to have the capability of accessing any open or closed long-distance computer
network, and then maintain "complete concealment" and "quietly steal information" to
destroy enemies' computer systems, destroy their command system, and even
control their business and government affairs networks. The Air Force Cyber
Command was founded on Sept 18, 2008, with the mission of defending their own
network security and also attacking others.

US President Barack Obama repeatedly stressed the importance of the Internet


during his campaign. He asked the relevant departments to assess the security of
the American network, and to prepare for the implementation of information
hegemony to continue the work of controlling the new generation of Internet Root
Servers. The assessment report released by the US government on May 29, 2009,
said that cyberspace threats have become one of the most serious economic and
military threats facing the United States. The report emphasized that the US must
show the world they were seriously responding to the challenge.. Against this
background, Microsoft announced the closure of MSN services for Cuba, Iran, Syria,
Sudan and the DPRK. But the world opinion considers this as information sanction
instead of meeting a challenge.

Gates: Net curbs in China very limited


By Qin Jize (China Daily)
Updated: 2010-01-27 06:57

Microsoft Corp Chairman Bill Gates has described Beijing's efforts to censor the
Internet as "very limited", saying corporations which operate in China should abide
by the local law.

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"And you've got to decide: Do you
want to obey the laws of the
countries you're in, or not? If not,
you may not end up doing business
there," Gates, the world's richest
man, said without mentioning the
search engine giant by name.

"The Chinese efforts to censor the


Internet have been very limited and
so I think keeping the Internet
thriving there is very important."

He declared he was unimpressed


and a bit perplexed by Google's
recent threat to shut down its
operations in China, citing
disagreements with government
policies and unspecified attacks.

One may or may not agree with the


laws in China, Gates said, but
nearly all countries have some
controversial laws or policies,
including the United States.

"What point are they making?"


Gates asked. "Now, if Google ever
chooses to pull out of the United
States, then I'd give them credit."

Google is currently in delicate


negotiations with the Chinese
government to continue its
presence in the world's most
populous Internet market.

Its top lawyer said on Monday that


the issue would probably be
resolved in weeks, but cautioned it
could take months.

Google's complaints have received


backing from the White House with
Washington soon raising Internet
freedom to the level of a major
facet of its human rights agenda.

Beijing has tried hard to play down


the row with Washington over the
issue, insisting that the Google
case is just a legal and technical
matter that should not be linked to
bilateral ties.

Observers agree with Gates'


remarks on following local rules,
noting the US bans child
pornography while France bans
Internet access to Nazi imagery.

Fan Jishe, a scholar in US studies


at the Chinese Academy of Social
Sciences, said every country has
its own way of online supervision.

He said the Google dispute is only


an excuse for the Obama
administration to criticize China on
Internet freedom. He said even if
the Google issue had not come to
the fore, Obama would have
exerted pressure on Internet
freedom sooner or later.

He noted that Obama had held up


the United States as a model of
free flow of information during his
visit to Shanghai last year.

He Jingchu, a professor at
Southwest University of Political
Science and Law said in an article
yesterday that Obama's over-
interpretation of the issue is aimed
at diverting domestic attention from
his unsatisfactory political
achievements to the Sino-US
relationship, the world's most
important.

Zhang Haizhou contributed to the


story