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PRC China is a unitary sovereign state in East Asia and the world's most populous country, with a population of around 1.404 billion. Covering approximately 9.6 million square kilometers or 3.7 million square miles, it is also the world's second-largest country by land area and third- or fourth-largest by total area also has the most neighbor countries in the world. Governed by the Communist Party of China, it exercises jurisdiction over 22 provinces, five autonomous regions, four direct-controlled municipalities Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, and Chongqing, and the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau and claims sovereignty on Taiwan.

The leader of mainland China, PRC Xi Jinping, is a vocal fan of the ancient philosopher Confucius. As China’s economic and global political clout grows, those hoping to understand Xi’s policies would do well to take a look at the 2,500-year-old Confucian school of philosophy and universal brotherhood. Story of China, Confucius: China's Guide to a Moral Life http://www.pbs.org/video/confucius-chinas-guide-moral-life-zo7x8e

Most people in China are no longer beholden to Communist values, and Xi uses Confucianism to encourage deference. Confucius stresses governing by persuasion” and always with “the happiness of the common people” as the ultimate goal. Confucius https://www.biography.com/people/confucius-9254926

Xi’s emphatic endorsement of Confucius may not lead to the subservience he desires: Classics are classics for a reason, and if rulers encourage people to read them, they may not be happy with the heroic ideals they inspire. Indeed historically, Confucius scholars have often opposed the government’s orthodoxies. http://www.iep.utm.edu/confuciu/

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Understanding the Dragon

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