As appealing as Confucian thought is, it works better as theory than in the messy reality of power and competing interests and human longings.
Early in the life of the Chinese Communist Party, modernization had a democratic component—which dissidents remember but today’s CCP wants to forget.
Michael Auslin is the Payson J. Treat Distinguished Research Fellow in Contemporary Asia at Stanford’s Hoover Institution and the author of Asia’s New Geopolitics. He co-hosts the “Pacific Century” podcast at Hoover.