Emperor Taizong of the Tang dynasty, considered one of the greatest emperors in China’s history, was also one of few to heed the advice of his remonstrance official. Pictures: Alamy
Wee Kek Koon
Opinion

Opinion

Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

Chinese emperors needed critics, just as world leaders do today

In ancient China, remonstrance officials were employed to keep the emperor in check, and while many were silenced, it was when their advice was heeded that the empire flourished

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Emperor Taizong of the Tang dynasty, considered one of the greatest emperors in China’s history, was also one of few to heed the advice of his remonstrance official. Pictures: Alamy
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