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.