Chinese and US flags pictured side-by-side in Beijing. Photo: AP
Chinese and US flags pictured side-by-side in Beijing. Photo: AP
Martin Powers
Opinion

Opinion

Martin Powers

China claims democracy isn’t just Western. Is it hype or history?

  • Many supposedly ‘Western’ democratic ideas about winning hearts and minds, and the pursuit of happiness, actually derived from Confucian thought
  • In recent years China has revived the Confucian principle that government should improve people’s lives, yet the US seems more concerned with identity politics

Chinese and US flags pictured side-by-side in Beijing. Photo: AP
Chinese and US flags pictured side-by-side in Beijing. Photo: AP
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