Since the Communist Party came to power in 1949, patriotic education has been part of every mainland student's schooling, training them to love and devote themselves to the party, the people and socialism. But now it seems that patriotic education and its ideologies could be a hindrance to realising the Chinese dream of resurgence.

China is redoubling its efforts to root out corruption. Since Xi Jinping took over as Communist Party general secretary, at least eight senior provincial cadres have stepped down and are being investigated for severe violation of discipline.

Since President Xi Jinping first talked of a "great revival of the Chinese nation", I have wondered why the "China dream" should revolve around reinstating rather than developing and reforming. After all, a revival has to include the past, so this would seem to be a way to return the nation to a previous state.

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