Leaders ponder a return to society’s roots to stop the rot

From the South China Morning Post, via the China Study Group: “Besieged by increasingly violent protests and rapid social degeneration characterised by the reckless pursuit of money, the mainland leadership is considering a drive to underscore traditional Chinese culture and values, and lend more official support to mainstream Chinese religions.

Another impetus for such a drive has come from Taiwan, where President Chen Shui-bian’s latest attempt to remove the island’s historical and cultural links from Chinese history has received high-level attention in Beijing.

This could give Beijing a perfect opportunity to champion a drive to uphold traditional culture and values to rally support among millions of overseas Chinese, as part of its bid to contain Taiwan’s independence movement. ”

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