A decorative plate featuring an image of Chinese President Xi Jinping is seen behind a statue of late communist leader Mao Zedong at a souvenir store next to Tiananmen Square in Beijing on February 27, 2018. The cult of personality surrounding Xi has been compared to that of Mao. Photo: AFP
Chi Wang
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Chi Wang

Why Xi Jinping should learn from Chiang Kai-shek, instead of modelling himself on Mao

  • Chi Wang says Xi is said to emulate Mao but he ought to focus not only on the communist victory but also on Chiang Kai-shek’s missteps during the civil war
  • Seventy years after the communists took Manchuria, the dangers of hubris and prioritising one’s personal power over the needs of the people are evident

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A decorative plate featuring an image of Chinese President Xi Jinping is seen behind a statue of late communist leader Mao Zedong at a souvenir store next to Tiananmen Square in Beijing on February 27, 2018. The cult of personality surrounding Xi has been compared to that of Mao. Photo: AFP
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