Investors look at computer screens showing stock information at a brokerage house in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province January 9, 2015. China stocks ended lower after hitting their highest level in over five years on Friday, in one of their most volatile trading sessions since the global financial crisis.

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Why a Confucian revival and the Internet could have unexpected consequences for China

March 4, 2015, Michael Schuman

For much of China’s imperial age, Confucius served – unwillingly – as a tool of autocratic emperors. Today, China’s new emperors – the leaders of the Communist Party – are again turning to Confucius to build support for their dictatorial rule. However, the Communists can’t ensure their political future by relying on the country’s philosophical past.

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