A cultural relic reappears
Most people younger than 45 won't remember him, but Mao Yuanxin was a master of horror in his day.
Sentenced to 17 years in prison following the death of his uncle, Mao Zedong, for "subversion of the dictatorship of the proletariat" due to his close affiliation with the Gang of Four during the Cultural Revolution, Mao changed his name upon his release and exited public life.
Mao, now "Li Shi", suddenly reappeared in Henan last week to inspect a local leg of the South–North Water Transfer Project, the massive initiative to transport water to northern China first conceptualised by Mao Zedong but construction for which only began in 2004.
Judging from the photo op and a large red banner ("Remember where your drinking water comes from", it reads) commemorating the 60th anniversary of his uncle's proposal of the project, Li's reappearance comes at a time when many wish to see the country move on from his family's legacy.
The glaring omission of Mao Zedong's name in a recent Xinhua report on plans to revise China's constitution at the upcoming 18th Communist Party congress, which listed the party's political philosophies, was a signal to some that an updated constitution might reflect Mao's waning influence.
"This monster and the lackeys around him", writes one Caijing reader on a microblog post that has gathered more than 1,600 comments, "still fancies himself a hero of the people. Why is taxpayer money still being used to support this bunch of traitors?"
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