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Xi Jinping Extols Confucian Values

Xi Jinping Extols Confucian Values
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The Chinese sage just got a little more respect. “Confucian thought can play a positive role in China’s development today,” said Chinese President Xi Jinping, while visiting the sixth-century B.C. philosopher and teacher’s hometown of Qufu, Shandong on Nov. 26, reported the China Daily.

Xi stopped in at the 460-room Kong family mansion that once housed Confucius descendants (“Kong” is Confucius’ Chinese surname), and gave a speech while visiting a local research institute devoted to Confucius.