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Mao's achievements outweigh mistakes: state media poll

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 25 December, 2013, 12:05pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 25 December, 2013, 3:34pm

More than 85 per cent of respondents in a Chinese state media survey said that Mao Zedong's achievements outweigh his mistakes, as the country prepares to mark 120 years since the "Great Helmsman's" birth.

Mao's legacy remains mixed in China, where he is revered for the 1949 founding of the People's Republic but authorities have called for restraint in commemorating the anniversary.

Mao is blamed for the deaths of tens of millions due to famine following his "Great Leap Forward" and the decade of chaos known as the Cultural Revolution.

Since his death in 1976, the Chinese Communist Party's official line has been he was "70 per cent right and 30 per cent wrong".

But participants in the survey conducted Monday and Tuesday by the Global Times newspaper, which is close to the ruling party, seemed to hold an even more favourable view of Mao.

Asked "Do you agree that Mao Zedong's achievements outweigh his mistakes?" 78.3 per cent of respondents in the Global Times survey said they agreed, 6.8 per cent strongly agreed and only 11.7 per cent disagreed. About three per cent said they did not know.

Nearly 90 per cent of those surveyed said that Mao's "greatest merit" was "founding an independent nation through revolution".

China's ruling Communist Party heavily censors accounts of Mao's 27-year-long rule, and there has never been a full historical reckoning of his actions in the country.

Younger and better-educated Chinese were more likely to be critical of Mao, the Global Times said, while older respondents and those with a high school or vocational school education were more likely to revere him.

One potential reason for the Mao nostalgia among older and less-well-educated respondents could be China's widening wealth gap, the paper suggested.

"Fairness being the second most popular of Mao's merits makes sense as it's part of the reason that people miss the Mao era, because the wealth gap was not as big as now," Zhao Zhikui, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times.

The newspaper surveyed 1,045 respondents over 18 by telephone and online in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Xi'an, Changsha and Shenyang.

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peye3515
Want prove of western brainwashing take a look a your i phone and the BMW's cruising around.
shouken
Perhaps if you read Tibetan history, you realize that it was as bloody as anywhere (Europe, China, the Americas) even before the communist takeover in 1950. Every nation under the sun is changing and being changed in the past 200-300 years, as a result of penetration of Western influence into "uncivilized oriental" regions and the disintegration of indigenous cultures.
"More than 1 million Tibetans died as a direct result of his action". Even the total Tibetan population was less than 1 million in the 1950s. Spare the readers such gross lies would you?
crbfile
Tibet is an entirely different matter all together. if one studies, which apparently you have not, the natural borders of countries - from a defense perspective, geographical features and what not, require that certain contiguous lands be part of one power. Hence, this is why Poland has been invaded countless times and will be invaded again - as it sits on a flat plain between Germany and Russia. If Tibet were so called independent - it would in fact become a de facto puppet state of India and Indian troops and armour would have full use of it. Thereby leaving China's flank readily open for attack. Every person and country needs to face their geographical and genetic destiny. If you're 150cm - it's not likely you're going to play in the NBA - stop harming yourself with fantasy. If you're located between two big powers - which happen to be Indian and China, well then you are Tibet. Accept your destiny and make the best of it. Fighting and denying will just make it all worse.
chaz_hen
Nonsense...the Chinese are true believers in authentic data gathered by legitimate means! Hence the CCP's oft repeated slogan, "Seek truth from facts."

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