The Monitor's View The Hong Kong 'umbrella revolution' pokes at China's conscience

The Hong Kong protests are a plea for China to live up to a promised ideal of universal rights, and not ‘rob the common man of his purpose.'



Despite his iron grip on a one-party state, Chinese leader Xi Jinping sometimes uses friendly persuasion rather than threats or punishment in his drive to create what he calls the “China Dream.” Just recently, for example, he spoke to cadres of the Communist Party and reminded them of this quote from Confucius: