Cathay Pacific cabin crew walk past anti-government protesters at the Hong Kong International Airport on August 11. Vetting flight crew over their political beliefs echoes the choices that led to disaster in 1950s and 1960s China, and the lost decades under Mao Zedong. Photo: Nora Tam
Mark Clifford
Opinion

Opinion

Mark Clifford

As Cathay feels the heat of political risk in China, it’s time to remember lessons of the Mao era

  • Xi Jinping’s administration highlights how politics has always been in command in China, and companies must either adapt or rethink their China business
  • But nationalistic leaders and web users would do well to remember the losses suffered through extreme political correctness in the Mao era

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Cathay Pacific cabin crew walk past anti-government protesters at the Hong Kong International Airport on August 11. Vetting flight crew over their political beliefs echoes the choices that led to disaster in 1950s and 1960s China, and the lost decades under Mao Zedong. Photo: Nora Tam
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