12 Jan '11, 6am

Confucius comeback continues with statue (via ST iPhone App)

Chinese tourists pose in front of a bronze Confucius statue after the 7.9-metre-tall statue was unveiled in front of the renovated National Museum of China at Tiananmen Square in Beijing. -- PHOTO: AFP BEIJING - CHINA has unveiled a statue of Confucius on Tiananmen Square - the latest sign of the ancient philosopher's comeback after decades in which his teachings were suppressed by Mao Zedong. The 7.9m tall statue stands at an entrance to China's National Museum, which fronts Tiananmen Square and its communist monuments such as late revolutionary leader Mao's tomb in the heart of the capital. The teachings of China's most famous philosopher, who was born in 551 BC, centred on peace, harmony and each citizen's duty to respect their superiors. They became a virtual state religion but were denounced as feudal and banned under Mao's communist regime, particularly during the ic...

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