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Gamma-Ray-Burst Post time: 2014-2-13 06:27
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I would say Confucius or his dogma is partly to blame for such standpattism. The idea that commoners should be conformists and in thrall to emperor's authority without impugning the emperor's credibility, if anything, has been the indispensable part of Confucianism or even Chinese culture.
Another one to blame is Manchu people. Contratrian or creative thinking favored by Western nations was widely perceived as unorthodox and lunatic back in Qing dynasty, when Manchu people ruled China. Furthermore, the snobbish Qing government was dismissive of the proposal-free trade- put forward by Western powers, which were asking Qing to do business with them. As a result, Qing decided to close its door on foreign trade, thinking such seemingly clever plans would deter foreign imperialists.
I think we all know what happened to Qing later on. Basically, you can still find such thinking in China, particularly among those bovine conservatives, who still argue that all the Western nations are imperialists wanting to seize land from China and cash in on cheap labour in China. Thus, China had better emulate what Qing did and close its door on foreign trade again. Remarkably, the conservatives are using the Internet, which was invented by America, to hawk such messages; they even set up websites online targeting people obsessed with nostalgia with the history of Qing and even Cutural Revolution.
That's a testament to the argument that conservatism or nationalism is the biggest hurdle facing China, and it could take many years for the Chinese to realize that Confucism is merely a school of thought, not guiding principle.