Eco-civilisation and Reformed Communism in a Contested G-One World

  • Dan Smyer Yü (Author)

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This article offers an ideological examination of China’s ecological civilisation initiative with respect to its globalisation agenda. The basic argument is that the Chinese state’s eco-civilisation project is an open-ended, statist technocratic bricolage that appropriates a philosophy of human­–nature harmony and facilitates a reformed communism intended to enchant both domestic and global audiences with a set of human universal values. The article considers eco-civilisation to be technically devised as an attractive initiative packed with the Chinese state’s propagated universal values without a specific manual of operations. It is a one-size-fits-all concept but provides enough room for creative tailoring under specific circumstances in different geographical, cultural, economic and political contexts. In the course of delivering this argument, the article discusses how eco-civilisation is domestically and internationally promoted and how it is an inherent part of the renewed but reformed communism of the Chinese state.


China, ecological civilisation, geopolitics, value, environmental governance, Two Mountains theory