Guangzhou, China — Minnesota-educated former American diplomat and NATO military professor Dr. Patrick Mendis was recently honored with its first Diplomatic Award by the Guangdong University of Foreign Studies in China.
Mendis was traveling in China as part of his second Asian book tour. Since 2010, he has been a consulting professor of international studies at the Guangdong University’s Center for International Security and Strategic Studies in Guangzhou.
In Taiwan, Mendis was invited to meet with Honorable Dr. Eric Chou, the mayor of New Taipei City, the capital of Taiwan. Both were educated in the United States and served as university professors before they entered government service.
Chou was the vice premier of Taiwan, and Mendis worked in the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C., during the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush administrations.
After lecturing in China and Taiwan this summer, Mendis continued his lecture tour India, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. In his book, Commercial Providence: The Secret Destiny of the American Empire, the author explores the “secret” mission of the United States in world affairs, especially Sino-U.S. relations.
During his tour, Mendis met with government officials, scholars, and business leaders to discuss U.S. strategic and economic relations in the Asian and Pacific regions.
Mendis spoke about America’s original and “hidden” purpose and international engagements as a global nation from its founding in 1776. The book reveals a range of archaic symbols and the language in the U.S. Constitution that were used by America’s Founding Fathers.
He said that his “earlier education and cultural heritage” in Sri Lanka and Minnesota helped him to better understand America’s symbolic language expressed in the U.S. capital’s architectural design in Washington. He highlighted that both Beijing and Washington were designed by linking these capital cities to celestial bodies above their respective skies.
As an expert on Sino-American relations, Mendis has also engaged in issues related to the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea. The rights for navigation and natural resources in these international waters are points of potential bilateral, regional and global conflicts, according to the American scholar. He also spoke about these issues related China’s “String of Pearls” naval strategy.
Prof. Mendis currently teaches at George Mason University in the Washington,