Chinese Communist Party leader Mao Zedong smiles and waves in 1969. In the Mao era, the policy of self-reliance or “zili gengsheng”  reflected China’s strategy to rely on domestic resources when surrounded by foreign “hostile forces”. In 2021, the situational context has vastly changed. Photo:  AP
Chinese Communist Party leader Mao Zedong smiles and waves in 1969. In the Mao era, the policy of self-reliance or “zili gengsheng” reflected China’s strategy to rely on domestic resources when surrounded by foreign “hostile forces”. In 2021, the situational context has vastly changed. Photo: AP
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Chinese Communist Party leader Mao Zedong smiles and waves in 1969. In the Mao era, the policy of self-reliance or “zili gengsheng”  reflected China’s strategy to rely on domestic resources when surrounded by foreign “hostile forces”. In 2021, the situational context has vastly changed. Photo:  AP
Chinese Communist Party leader Mao Zedong smiles and waves in 1969. In the Mao era, the policy of self-reliance or “zili gengsheng” reflected China’s strategy to rely on domestic resources when surrounded by foreign “hostile forces”. In 2021, the situational context has vastly changed. Photo: AP
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