Mao Zedong

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

Chen Renkang. Photo: Wu Nan

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.

Sunday, 29 December, 2013, 5:04am 3 comments

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

A giant portrait of Chinese former leader Mao Zedong and Chinese national flags are seen on a boat to lead the winter swimmers during a swimming event celebrating the 120th birth anniversary of Mao Zedong at the Yangtze River. Photo: EPA

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

Followers of Mao Zedong gather for the 120th anniversary of his birth in Shaoshan, Hunan province, yesterday. Photo: Reuters

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

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 19 comments

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

A clerk shows a wall hanging bearing the image of China's late Chairman Mao Zedong at an antique shop in Beijing. Photo: Reuters

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

Chinese para-military police march beneath a portrait of late leader Mao Zedong beside Tiananmen Square in Beijing on December 13, 2013. Photo: AFP

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

Two Chinese paramilitary policemen salute with a wreath in front of the statue of former Chinese leader Mao Zedong in Shaoshan. Photo: EPA

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

People prepare to present flowers to a bronze statue of China's former top leader Mao Zedong in Shaoshan, in China's central province of Hunan. Photo: AFP

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

Students hold portraits of Mao during an event in Taiyuan , in Shanxi , ahead of the 120th anniversary his birth. Photo: Reuters

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

Mao's former secretary Li Rui says you always had to agree with him

Mao's former secretary Li Rui

Mao Zedong was a master of mind control whose political influence remains powerful even today, says his former secretary Li Rui.

21 Dec 2013 - 7:26am

China still dealing with the legacy of Mao Zedong, 120 years after his birth

On the eve of the 120th anniversary of the late leader's birth, many ordinary Chinese long for a return to his era, despite its painful failings.

23 Dec 2013 - 1:33pm 2 comments

Play about Mao's relationship with son he lost in Korean war opens

The stage play Mao Zedong and His Eldest Son was written to appeal to admirers of the Great Helmsman. Photo: SCMP

A new play that glorifies the love of Mao Zedong for his eldest son, Mao Anying , who was killed while serving with the PLA in the Korean war, premiered this week in Beijing.

20 Nov 2013 - 3:41am 5 comments

Outrage over 15.5b yuan projects to mark Mao's birth

Mao Zedong was born in Shaoshan, Hunan, on December 26, 1893. Photo: Reuters

More than 15.5 billion yuan is being poured into the hometown of Communist China’s founding father Mao Zedong for projects marking the 120th anniversary of his birth, local media reported, prompting outrage on Thursday.

Mao, who led the Communist Party to victory in China’s civil war, was born in Shaoshan, in the central province of Hunan, on December 26, 1893.

17 Oct 2013 - 4:26pm 3 comments

Hunan plans high-profile Mao birthday celebration

Mao Zedong

The top party official in Hunan has vowed to spare no effort in preparing for an elaborate and high-profile commemoration of the 120th anniverary of Mao Zedong's birth in his hometown of Shaoshan this year.

The plans have reinforced concerns among the country's liberals that the party is taking a more conservative political line.

7 Jun 2013 - 3:42am 1 comment

Liberal economist Mao Yushi warns of a 'leftist revival' in China

A 1966 picture shows Red Guards students at a parade in Beijing's streets at the beginning of the Cultural Revolution. Photo: AFP

In recent weeks prominent liberal economist Mao Yushi has experienced first-hand the leftist revival taking shape on the mainland. First, Mao, 84, was bombarded last month by insults and even death threats by anonymous callers angered by his criticism of the party's patriarch, Mao Zedong.

27 May 2013 - 8:52am 12 comments

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