The Confucian Dream?

Ian Johnson
March 27, 2018

Since taking power in 2012, Chinese leader Xi Jinping has pushed a remarkable change in government policy toward religion. From persecuting religions in the Mao era, to a period of relative benign neglect in the reform era, his administration is now actively supporting and coopting some religions while taking stronger measures against others. What does Xi and the Communist Party hope to achieve by their new strategy toward religions?

IAN JOHNSON is a 20-year reporter in China for various publications, including The New York Times and The New York Review of Books, and author of a new book: The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao.