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Americans are familiar with Lincoln's "of the people, by the people, for the people," Chinese with Sun Yatsen's "three principles of the people." They are parallel discourses of government, but rise from different traditions and anticipate different outcomes. Caught between the models of Great State ambition and Confucian self-cultivation, Qiu put Confucian philosophy to work so that the state acted for the people—but not of them or by them in ways that surprise and trouble.