Xi Jinping, Confucius and Austerity

At Foreign Affairs, John Delury writes that Chinese President Xi Jinping’s austerity drive has less to do with macroeconomic policy and GDP growth, as it does in the West, and more to do with the Confucian philosophy of...

Factory Owners and Confucius on the Environment

Hangzhou-based Fulbright fellow Steven Zhang has been conducting research on how the management of factories in Zhejiang province view environmental protection. After describing the term huanbao (环保), Zhang describes his...

The Economist in China: Old Hands

Marking the first month of its dedicated China section and the recent christening of its ‘Analects’ blog, The Economist surveys its almost 170 years of China coverage: In December 1843, The Economist relayed its...

Chinese Academic Puts the Bite on Hong Kong

Chinese professor and descendant of Confucius, Kong Qingdong, recently said in an interview that people from Hong Kong are “dogs” and “bastards” in response to a video of a mainland tourist and Hong...

Demise of Confucius Prize?

The Confucius Prize, established last year in an apparent response to Liu Xiaobo’s selection for the Nobel Peace Prize, has been cancelled, according to the Associated Press: An official with the Ministry of Culture’s...

China’s Confucian Makeover

At The Guardian, Isabel Hilton asks why, amid noisy celebrations of the Chinese Communist Party’s 90th birthday this year, the 100th anniversary of the fall of the Qing Dynasty goes relatively unsung. One easy answer is...

Confucius on Food Scandals & Mozi on Foreign Policy

Daniel K Gardner explains his reaction to an Al Jazeera report on beef-flavoured pork sold as real beef: Consequently, a passage in the Analects, one that I had never given much attention to, for the first time jumped off the...

Tiananmen Confucius Statue Relocated

The unveiling in January of a colossal statue of Confucius overlooking Tiananmen Square prompted a flurry of commentary debating the rehabilitation of traditional culture and political Confucianism. Now, however, the statue has...

Confucius Shows Up on China’s Tiananmen Square

Another indication that Confucius is making a major comeback in China: His statue now gazes out upon Tiananmen Square. From AFP: A mammoth sculpture of the ancient philosopher Confucius was unveiled this week off one side of the...

Winner of Beijing’s Peace Award Is Also Absent

In response to the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to dissident Liu Xiaobo, a group of Chinese created an alternative prize called the Confucius Peace Prize, which the Global Times heralded as, “a weapon in the battle of...

Confucius on Lottery Tickets Creates Uproar in China

From the Times of India: Chinese philosopher Confucius spent most of his life in poverty. But his picture and sayings decorate lottery tickets being sold to luck chasers by a provincial government in Shandong… Chinese...



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