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Middle Kingdom Maxims Revisited:
The Long, Winding, and Bumpy Road of
China is a nation and often an idea defying easy description and understanding. The Chinese government promotes maxims of Chinese history and culture that are generally accepted at face value abroad. Examining these maxims can help lead to a more clear-eyed appreciation of a China whose history is remarkable but not as linear, peaceful, and stable as China’s leaders would have the world and their own people believe.