Portraits of Chinese President Xi Jinping, who has emulated former leader Mao Zedong by passing a historical resolution. Photo: EPA-EFE
Portraits of Chinese President Xi Jinping, who has emulated former leader Mao Zedong by passing a historical resolution. Photo: EPA-EFE

As China-EU ties regress, Brussels’ envoy asks: are we back in the Mao era?

  • Nicolas Chapuis picks up on the phrase ‘evil spirits and ghosts’, used by Communist Party mouthpiece about challenges to China’s development
  • He compares the hostile tone to ‘niugui sheshen’, a phrase made popular by Mao Zedong, notably during the Cultural Revolution

Topic |   China-EU relations
Portraits of Chinese President Xi Jinping, who has emulated former leader Mao Zedong by passing a historical resolution. Photo: EPA-EFE
Portraits of Chinese President Xi Jinping, who has emulated former leader Mao Zedong by passing a historical resolution. Photo: EPA-EFE
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