The World: Confucius Says

Hovering in the twilight of life at the age of 79, Mao Tse-tung seems to be becoming ever more Confucian. Recent pictures of him receiving visitors in his book-lined study indicate that he spends much of of his time there, and he gave visiting Japanese Premier Tanaka several volumes of Confucianist commentaries on Ch'u poetry (the historical state of Ch'u is Mao's birthplace). China watchers believe that they have seen signs of Mao's beginning to turn inward, to reflect on himself in the light of Confucian philosophy. From a Confucian bit of advice about grain...

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