What is the relationship between Confucianism and the Chinese Government?
What is the relationship between Confucianism and the Chinese government? If the question is too broad, then I am primarily wondering how does the current Chinese government view Confucianism? What about Neoconfucianism? Favorably? Unfavorably?
For example, I know historically, the communist revolution in China overturned much of the traditionalism in China and that traditional Confucianism suffered under it. However, I know Confucianism lingers in many ways in Chinese culture and the Chinese government hasn’t made it a priority to change this. I also know the Chinese government names many of its modern institutions using the word “Confucian” (like the controversial “Confucian Institutes”).
Is this merely a shallow use of the word, indicating nothing deeper? Has the government chosen to admit some Confucianism over time? Or is the Chinese government trying to rebrand Confucianism, instilling new meaning and ideas and then labeling them “Confucianism”?