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Physical China, demographically and environmentally, would be a significant stakeholder in 21st century global management. Cultural China, which would be a civilisation no longer pretending to be a state (Communist or otherwise), would represent a distinctive value system based on the primacy of relationships, be they in politics, business or any other area of human endeavour. As we head for a more sinicised global system, how will Chinese-style international and regional relationships interact with Western constructs of international life? Through strategic-cultural analysis, this article concludes that the Chinese impact on world affairs will result in a system of global politics with Chinese characteristics. These characteristics will include Daoist ideas on survival, Confucian ideas on cohesiveness, the politics of wen(civility), wu(martiality) and wu-wei (non-doing or metapower), as well as the conduct of li in international law.