Last week, China named Cuban strongman Fidel Castro the latest recipient of the Confucius Peace Prize, but the Peace Prize isn’t China’s only wholesale commandeering of her most famous sage, known for his philosophy of ethics and morals.
Empires want to be respected. Nation-states need to be loved. It’s a simple formula, and one that I share with author and historian of empire Pankaj Mishra.
When an American historian tries to translate his latest book into Chinese, wacky hilarity ensues. .
As police move to take control of Queensway and city workers with power tools are dismantling the barricades, it’s worth remembering that the PRC government was not always so threatened by unrest in Hong Kong. When it was Britain’s ox that was getting gored, China actually encouraged it.
For whatever reason, a shocking number of people are terrified, actually overcome with fear by….Snickers.