Taiwan back in step with Confucius

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The Independent Online

Taiwanese students have performed Ba Yi Wu, a traditional dance, during a ceremony in Taipei to celebrate Confucius's birthday.

Confucianism has long been celebrated in Taiwan, but was frowned upon in China, where adherence to the edicts of the philosopher, who was born in 551BC, has been considered a form of feudalism. Now Confucianism is back on the mainland.

This year, the anniversary was celebrated in Beijing for the first time since the founding of Communist China, with a Taiwanese delegation in attendance.