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The Relationship of the Chinese Communist Party and Modern Neo-Confucianism focused on Modern Neo-Confucianism’s role as an ideology

  • The Journal of Northeast Asia Research
  • Abbr : NEA
  • 2015, 30(2), pp.157-184
  • DOI : 10.18013/jnar.2015.30.2.006
  • Publisher : The Institute for Northeast Asia Research
  • Research Area : Social Science > Political Science > International Politics > International Relations / Cooperation

Dong Gyu LEE 1

1한국외국어대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This paper demonstrates that Modern Neo-Confucianism in Mainland China has become the new ideology to make the Chinese Communist Party(CCP)’s legitimacy since 1990s, but has limitations to replace Socialist theories of the CCP by exploring the relation between the CCP and the Modern Neo Confucianism, conflicts between them and the countermeasure of the CCP toward Modern Neo Confucianism’s challenge. With the Reform and Open Door policy and the collapse of Eastern Bloc, the CCP faced a threat to its ruling due to an ideological vacuum and the deepening societal faith crisis. In this situation, the CCP realized that they needed a new complementary ideology which could suppress the spread of liberalism and help the CCP to maintain its regime. Therefore, the CCP politically began to support Neo-Confucianism, and the CCP successfully made its legitimacy by emphasizing Chinese traditional culture and using various political concepts of Confucianism. Modern Neo-Confucianism, however, has its limitations such as the inseparable relationship with Marxism and the division of Modern Neo-Confucianism so that it has little possibility to become a key ideology of the CCP and create the political transition in China.

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