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Mao Zedong

No way back

In the second of a two-part series looking at the lasting effects of social engineering projects initiated in the 1950s, Hannah Xu meets some of Mao's 'sent-down youth' who never made it home. Pictures by Simon Song.

Saturday, 8 December, 2012, 11:06pm 2 comments

Princelings seek to uphold the ideals of Mao's revolution in China

While some see the rich and powerful offsprings of Communist Party elders as a new aristocracy, some members of the so-called red second generation are holding fast to socialism and pushing to restore the country's revolutionary values.

29 Dec 2013 - 5:04am 3 comments

Leaders must fully embrace reform to end people's yearning for Mao era

It remains a conundrum of China's economic miracle that so many people still openly yearn for a return to the Mao era. That not only says something about discontent with inequality and injustice and disgust at rampant official corruption, but also about the whitewashing of the history of Mao Zedong's reign in order to safeguard one-party rule.

28 Dec 2013 - 6:41am 2 comments

Leaders call on Mao in challenging times

The celebrations of the birth and life of Mao Zedong yesterday were intended to help justify the policies of the current leadership of Xi Jinping , who faces challenges similar to the late leader's, analysts said.

27 Dec 2013 - 10:23am

Debunking the myths of Mao Zedong

This week, China celebrates the 120th birth date of the founding father of the People's Republic - Mao Zedong. No one looms larger in the narrative of modern China.

27 Dec 2013 - 4:03am 25 comments

Chinese bloggers clash over Mao's legacy on 120th anniversary of his birth

As the Communist Party celebrates on Thursday the 120th birthday of its late leader Mao Zedong, some of Mao most staunch supporters exchanged fire with his harshest critics in a highly-charged war-of-words over the flaws and merits of the controversial former leader.

27 Dec 2013 - 2:50pm 2 comments

China marks Mao’s birthday with controlled tribute

China’s leaders bowed three times before a statue of Mao Zedong on the 120th anniversary of his birth in carefully controlled celebrations that also sought to uphold the market reforms that came after his death.

The official Xinhua News Agency said Communist Party chief Xi Jinping and other top leaders paid tribute to the founder of the communist state Thursday.

26 Dec 2013 - 5:48pm 1 comment

China to celebrate Mao's birthday, but events scaled back

China celebrates the 120th birthday of Mao Zedong, the founder of modern China, on Thursday, but will be scaling back festivities as President Xi Jinping embarks on broad economic reforms which have unsettled leftists.

26 Dec 2013 - 5:10am 1 comment

Mao's achievements outweigh mistakes: state media poll

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.

25 Dec 2013 - 3:34pm 14 comments

Loyal to Mao's legacy, China's princelings have high hopes for fellow 'red descendant' Xi

As the Communist Party prepares to commemorate the 120th anniversary of chairman Mao Zedong's birth on Thursday, sons and daughters of communist leaders who at times suffered under his rule have defended his record and praised his legacy.

24 Dec 2013 - 2:49am 23 comments