It is not often you see a Chinese praising the Chinese Emperors. But in today’s edition of The Age Pu Zhiqiang, a civil rights lawyer living in China and executive partner of Beijing Huayi Law Firm, compared today’s China with the thousands of years Emperors ruled the country. In comparison with the Communist oligarchy the Emperors win not only on moral grounds:
"China's emperors won their power through war and slaughter but they also believed in morality. They cared for what others thought and what their descendants or future generations would think. But in today's China, liars are accepted, judges can be bribed, evil-doers are encouraged and officials can serve the devil.
"When the Chinese Communist Party took power, it destroyed all family tradition, the middle class, and nobles. Today's middle classes are the nouveau riche - until they are targeted by bigger nouveau riche and left with nothing. There is no religion in China, the Communist Party is afraid of nothing, but it will ruin itself one day.
"Everything in China is for 'interests' and nothing is for 'isms'. As the intellectual Qin Hui says, the powerful elites use ultra-leftist methods to appropriate assets, often under the name of the environment, or justice, and once they've got them, they share among themselves in an ultra-rightist way.
"China's development is actually the bald-faced robbery of land and property by crony capitalists. Crazy development has resulted in putting poison into milk. We who are fighting for the rights of people do not expose these things for the sake of exposing the dirty side of the Communist Party. It is dirty enough already. Better to pull its necktie to make it walk forward."
The Mad Monarchist on a possible heir to the Chinese Throne:
"It is debated as to who would be the heir of the last Emperor today. In his book, Pu-Yi wrote that he designated his cousin, Prince Yu-Yan as his successor. He died in 1997 and if his line is accepted the heir to the Dragon Throne today would be his son Prince Hengzheng, aka Yuan Yuan."
Wikipedia also list a claimant of the Ming Dynasty:
"Zhu Rongji is also a potential pretender to the chinese throne, being a descendant of the Ming Dynasty Emperor Hongwu through his son Prince Zhu Bian, Zhu Rongji was born in 1928, and he also has a cousin, Zhu Yunzhong, born in 1933.