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The WDSI is a measure of sustainable development in countries/economies. It is a sustainable development index based on the Wang Dao precept from Chinese culture. Starting from the five core elements of the Wang Dao precept, and with sustainable development as the objective, we construct three principal domains: Global Ethics , Inclusive Development, and Environmental Equilibrium.

Among the five elements of the Wang Dao precept, Benevolent Governance (derived from Confucian ideas of benevolence) and Empathy (derived from the Confucian formulation of the Golden Rule, and its elucidations of forbearance and human-heartedness) constitute core ideas. When these two are combined with the idea of Counter-hegemony, they form the Global Ethics domain. When they are combined with the element of People-orientedness, they form the Inclusive Development domain; and when they are combined with the idea of Sustainability, they form the Environmental Equilibrium domain.

We have confidence in the WDSI of universal value and practicality that will conduct us to broadening the horizons of sustainable development, pointing the way forward, and providing a vision for the future.