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China Looks To The Past To Shape Its Future [Headlines]

China Looks To The Past To Shape Its Future [Headlines]

Bo Xilai, party chief of Chongqing encourages singing of the Communist classics to build national spirit.

Caroline Ku
  • 14 july 2011

The Chinese Communist party celebrated its 90th birthday on July 1. In the days before this event, the airwaves were full of historical dramas depicting heroic People’s Liberation Army soldiers and party cadres struggling against a variety of enemies. There is a new, neo-Maoist faction within the party led by Bo Xilai, the party chief of the western city of Chongqing, who began promoting the singing of classic Communist songs such as “The East is Red” in workplaces and schools throughout the country. , in China for a book tour, managed to attend a sing-along there with some 70,000 other people. Francis Fukuyama/The A-List

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