Clinton cited a Chinese saying that "when you are in a common boat,you need to cross the river peacefully together." In Pin Yin,"Tong zhou gong yi" would be the 4 Chinese characters.
Confucius (551-479 BC) expounded the philosophical concept - " a world is full of difference and contradictions, but the righteous folks would balance them and achieve harmony."
Despite differences, China and the US hae a wide range of issues to cooperate on,such as keeping sound economic growth in the global financial crisis,maintaining peace on the Korean Peninsula,the Middle East and protecting the environment on earth.
Published by Shanghai Daily, February 18,2009 on page A6
Francis Shieh a.k.a. Xie Shihao,author of "Philosophy of Mencius,"a noted follower of Confucianism.Listed at the Library of Congress www.loc.gov