The End of History: China’s 1921 Project

Staffers adjust U.S. and Chinese flags before the opening session of trade negotiations in Beijing, China, February 14, 2019. (Mark Schiefelbein/Pool via Reuters)
If America can’t rise above the competing maladies of progressivism and populism, how can it hope to counter the Chinese threat?

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE D uring the three or four decades preceding Xi Jinping’s ascendancy to the chairmanship of his party and his country, it became fashionable among Western commentators to downplay the Communism of the Chinese Communist Party. Yes, these observers conceded, it’s true that the revolution of 1949 was a Marxist insurrection, but the government of China since — especially since “modernization” began in 1978 — has been fairly continuous with the country’s pre-Communist governing ethos. Confucianism, they argued, which preceded Marxism as China’s state-sponsored creed, already identified the people with the government, encouraged authoritarian rule by an elite cabal, and prized state-enforced

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