My latest article on MercatorNet examines Chinese President Xi Jinping’s penchant for quoting Chinese philosophers. China has come a long way since the Cultural Revolution, when Confucius and other great thinkers were derided and contemned. What does the changing regime have in store for the great tradition of the sages?
Does Xi truly believe with Confucius that “He who rules by virtue is like the North Star. It maintains its place, and the multitude of stars pay homage”? Or is he just looking for a pragmatic new facade for the much more recent ‘tradition’ of unchallenged Communist Party rule?