A performance of a rite of passage for young women during Confucius’ time, at a village in Zoucheng, Shandong province. The renaissance of Confucianism has led to such performances becoming popular tourist attractions. Under Mao’s leadership, The Analects was banned, artefacts were destroyed, and temples were turned into libraries and museums. Photo: Xiaomei Chen
Paul F. Scotchmer
Opinion

Opinion

Paul F. Scotchmer

Is China headed for a clash of cultures as Xi Jinping fuses Confucius and Marx?

  • Xi Jinping’s vision is producing an unlikely and contradictory brew of Confucian communism, yoked to the service of a unifying state ideology

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A performance of a rite of passage for young women during Confucius’ time, at a village in Zoucheng, Shandong province. The renaissance of Confucianism has led to such performances becoming popular tourist attractions. Under Mao’s leadership, The Analects was banned, artefacts were destroyed, and temples were turned into libraries and museums. Photo: Xiaomei Chen
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