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Minority Rights with Chinese Characteristics <sup>1</sup>

Baogang He

in Multiculturalism in Asia

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780199277629
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603303 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199277621.003.0003
Minority Rights with Chinese Characteristics 							1

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The growing influence of liberalism in China has made it important to determine the response of traditional Chinese political thought to Western liberal ideas of multicultural citizenship, and the impact of the Western liberal model of minority rights on China’s ethnic minority policy. This chapter begins by discussing the basic characteristics of the Confucian approach to minority questions and minority rights. It examines the influence of Marxism on minority rights, in general, and on Chinese practice, in particular. It then discusses China’s policies on ethic minorities, and compares current Chinese practices with the Western liberal model of minority rights.

Keywords: China; minority rights; Western liberalism; political thought; multicultural citizenship; minority policy; Confucian approach; Marxism

Chapter.  10808 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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