In order to understand the modern foreign policy of the PRC, one should know the values that formed the current elite of that country. When analyzing the politics of current China, one should not rely on the assumptions that the roots of the current Chinese state go back into centuries and have something in common with Confucianism, Taoism, or the Qin and Han dynasties. The modern Communist Chinese state has no more in common with ancient China than Italy has with the Roman Empire or France with Gaul. At the same time, the Chinese people did preserve traditional national values that have been formed over many centuries.
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