Workers installed a new portrait of the late Mao Zedong on the Tiananmen gate in Beijing this year, but his birthday was not marked. Photo: AFP

Beijing silent as Mao Zedong birthday proves low-key affair

  • No official acknowledgement on the 126th anniversary of the birth of the divisive former leader
  • Videos on social media show people marking the occasion at Mao’s birthplace in central China
Topic |   China Society

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Workers installed a new portrait of the late Mao Zedong on the Tiananmen gate in Beijing this year, but his birthday was not marked. Photo: AFP
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Albert Han

Albert Han

Albert Han is a Graduate Trainee reporter for the Post. He joined in 2019 after graduating from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Previously, he worked as a freelance journalist in Barcelona, Spain, covering the Catalan independence movement in 2017.