Governance: President calls democracy a ‘shared human value’

For Western observers, the frequent allusions to spirit in Xi’s speeches and generally in Chinese public discourse are striking for a country that follows Marxism. But Marx never denounced spirit, only its distortion in oppressive religious doctrines.

The author is a fellow of the British Academy of Social Sciences. He also is the author of China and the Shared Human Future: Exploring Common Values and Goals. The views do not necessarily reflect those of China Daily.

then applied with the message that Marxism itself has to keep up to date with the changing times. In the West recently, one British national leader was fond of quoting ancient literature to boost his own image and entertain his audience, rather than...

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