Skip to comments.China's Leader Embraces Mao as He Tightens Grip on Country (Good Analysis)
Posted on 08/21/2013 4:22:08 PM PDT by mojito
WUHAN, ChinaOn a visit here in July, Chinese President Xi Jinping went to a lakeside villa where Mao Zedong spent summers in the 1950s enjoying such luxuries as a swimming pool and air conditioning. Opening a new exhibition there that makes no mention of the millions who died under Mao's leadership, Mr. Xi declared that the villa should be a center for educating youth about patriotism and revolution.
A week earlier, he went to a village from which Mao attacked Beijing in 1949. There, Mr. Xi vowed that "our red nation will never change color."
It isn't just Mr. Xi's rhetoric that has taken on a Maoist tinge in recent months. He has borrowed from Mao's tactical playbook, launching a "rectification" campaign to purify the Communist Party, while tightening limits on discussion of ideas such as democracy, rule of law and enforcement of the constitution.
Mr. Xi's apparent lurch to the left comes as Chinese authorities prepare for the coming trial of Bo Xilai, the former party rising star who led a Maoist revival movement until his dramatic downfall last year. Two of Mr. Bo's lawyers said they expected the trial where he faces corruption charges to take place next week. Before he was detained, Mr. Bo rejected allegations of corruption.
The Chinese president's Maoist leanings have dismayed many advocates of political reform, who hoped that Mr. Bo's downfall signaled a repudiation of his autocratic leadership style and might lead to a strengthening of the rule of law and other limits on party power.
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Worth reading for China watchers.
The Communist Party is 100% about keeping control and staying in power.
It is why people think who think that economic liberalization will necessarily lead to political change are wrong.
First of all, the Chinese economy is not liberalized. All large and important industries and finance will all remain under state control. Even non-strategic industries are highly regulated and there is no way to grow without connections to and approval from Government.
Second, the Chinese Government will not institute any political or social policies which threaten its existence
“The Communist Party is 100% about keeping control and staying in power.”
The Obama Regime is 100% about keeping control and staying in power.
I don’t know about that.
I sometimes think everything the Obama administration does, is harmful to America.
Then I look at the GOP, and they’re not real positive either.
We need to stop sending American jobs overseas. Stop buying everything imported. And stop selling off America.
The Chinese relationship to Mao is weird. I don’t think an outsider can really understand it. They reject everything he did but embrace the myth.
I wouldn’t make to big a deal about a Chinese politician praising Mao. They all do.
I think that state spending represents around 50% of China’s GDP. And as you said, all major industries are under state control and even the privatized ones are run by princelings.
China will never open up the way the West wants them to for a whole host of reasons.
Now you see, people, this is what I've been pointing out for fourteen years: the "Third World" Left, unlike the Western Left, is nationalist and patriotic. Can anyone imagine even a Communist America inculcating any sort of patriotism for the "socialist motherland?" Even a totalitarian America would still be teaching its kids that the USA is a lousy country that should never have existed in the first place.
And please note that while Japan's nationalism is branded "right wing," China becomes more nationalistic and aggressive the further "left" it goes. Maybe it's time one of the nations threatened by China officially adopted the tactic of branding Chinese nationalism as "right wing" just to tick them off.
The world’s thugs are cut from the same cloth...
Does he want to slaughter millions to make a point too?
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