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Old 21st February 2007, 03:02 PM
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Re: China's leadership vows to "purify" the internet

Originally Posted by touchring
If i'm not wrong, the european concept of purity is based on religion and ethnicity. The context of purity within China is completely different. The Confucian theology emphasize total obedience to the state and law, and in family units -> obedience to father, husband. Purity might refer to the self-cultivation exhorted by Confucianists.

After taking control of China in 1949, Mao borrowed several tenants from Confucian thought while at the same time denouncing the philosophy as feudal. Mao’s rule instructed collective responsibility over the individual, redirected loyalties to the CCP (or himself) from the family or emperor, and defined the virtuous man as one who followed Mao’s movement of the time. Mao’s authoritarian government relied much on ideology implanted by age-old Confucian elements in Chinese culture.
The post Mao Chinese Communist Party has encouraged the populace to continue the ancient ideology that relied on one or a few strong individuals to drive the country. Efforts to strictly regulate the Internet are aimed at continuing the monopoly on rule held by the CCP. The pressure is on the CCP to maintain an environment where the economy will continue to grow and increase the number of individuals that are able to take part. It is a race against civil unrest that could lead to the toppling of CCP rule and a more chaotic China. The potential economic benefits of the Internet could greatly aid the CCP in accomplishing their goal, but it will be a tenuous balance between content control and market access as they attempt to overcome the difficulties of transformation.
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