Can we really even consider Confucius a philosopher? I fail to see how Confucius is any different for the East from say...Hesiod or Homer for the West. Certainly the Homeric and Hesiodic works contain moral/social teaching, praising, for example bravery, strength, etc. But we can scarcely consider Homer or Hesiod "philosophers."
I think the major thing that stands in the way of Confucius being able to be considered a philosopher is that philosophy is for a very great part "defined," so to speak, by the use of rational argument...and, let's face it, Confucius isn't exactly reknowned for rational argument as say...I don't know, Parmenides might have been.
Whatever the case, I'm going to make a stronger statement: Confucius and the Eastern "philosophers" are absolutely irrelevent to us Westerners, and I'd argue to absolutely anyone. They were absolutely non-influential in raising the major (even perrenial) philosophical themes (ontology, axiology, and epistemology), and were entirely irrelevent with respect to the development of our own philosophical history.
St. Augustine, Descartes, and Plotinus simply did not have Confuscius in mind, if you know what I mean.
I'll go further: Confucius can't even touch Marcus Aurelius. :nonooo: