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Wei Shi’s well-crafted study weaves together historical context, ideological complexities, and insightful case studies on Confucian metaphysics, ethics, and politics. Engagingly written, it seamlessly bridges the gap between universal and nationalist (particular) perspectives, offering a rich tapestry of ideas and satisfying unity.

Shi describes the profound impact of Confucian revival on China's cultural identity. She argues that Confucian ideas continue to shape China's trajectory in an ever-changing world. Specialists, graduate students, and enthusiasts will find this work an invaluable resource in understanding the multifaceted landscape of China’s Confucian revival in the twenty-first century. 
In: Universal and Particular—Ideological Developments in the Contemporary Chinese Confucian Revival Movement (2000–2020)
In: Universal and Particular—Ideological Developments in the Contemporary Chinese Confucian Revival Movement (2000–2020)

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The practice of power of the village governance body is an important perspective from which to understand the form of local governance as well as a crucial aspect of the capacity of local governance. In local government building, the village governance body has the special feature of supportive agency – that is, the secretary of the village Party committee has only incomplete governance power, but he/she does have the power to allocate resources in the village. Different from the personalization of power in an oligarchy, the power of a supportive agent is something that local rural elites rely on to gain resources. They then use those resources as a hook to draw in other participants and use public rules to embed themselves into the governance of village affairs, thereby forming the power structure of the grassroots community. The network of power and interests in the interaction between township and village and the pattern of profit-sharing in the village constitute the basis for this practice of power under supportive agency. The supportive relationship between local government and village cadres has led to a separation between the cadres and the peasants, a rupture of the state-peasant relationship, increasing social differentiation, and weakened village autonomy. The practice of supportive agency reflects changes in the logic of local governance – local autonomy has been turned into local governance statization. Thus, in these circumstances, in order to achieve a successful transition to modernized local governance, the linkage between the state and the peasants should be rebuilt, and the local organization of governance should be reshaped.

In: Rural China
This volume presents the concept of a Human Community with a Shared Future as a new path towards the realization of human rights. This idea tries to encourage all countries and economies to focus on a shared future and common destiny for all humankind as well as to work together to build a Human Community with a Shared Future through interdependence and joint development.
The present volume consists of a collection of texts arising from conferences organized by the China Society for Human Rights Studies. The texts centre on the concept of a Human Community with a Shared Future, reflecting the current reality and extent of human rights thinking with respect to both law and policy in establishment circles in China, and helping to demonstrate the likely direction of official policy in the near future.

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The eukaryotic ribosomal DNA (rDNA) cluster consists of multiple copies of three genes (18S, 5.8S, and 28S rDNA) and two internal transcribed spacers (ITS1 and ITS2). In recent years, an increasing number of rDNA sequence polymorphisms have been identified in numerous species. In the present study, we provide 33 complete ITS (ITS1-5.8S-ITS2) sequences from two Symphurus plagiusa individuals. To the best of our knowledge, these sequences are the first detailed information on ITS sequences in Pleuronectiformes. Here, two divergent types (Type A and B) of the ITS1-5.8S-ITS2 rDNA sequence were found, which mainly differ in sequence length, GC content, nucleotide diversity (π), secondary structure and minimum free energy. The ITS1-5.8S-ITS2 rDNA sequence of Type B was speculated to be a putative pseudogene according to pseudogene identification criteria. Cluster analysis showed that sequences from the same type clustered into one group and two major groups were formed. The high degree of ITS1-5.8S-ITS2 sequence polymorphism at the intra-specific level indicated that the S. plagiusa genome has evolved in a non-concerted evolutionary manner. These results not only provide useful data for ribosomal pseudogene identification, but also further contribute to the study of rDNA evolution in teleostean genomes.

In: Animal Biology