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While Beijing repeatedly rejects Japan’s apologies, China has its own horrors to atone for


Japan’s less-than-wholehearted remorse for its World War II-era atrocities has long been an unhealed wound in its relations with neighbours. The bruise is throbbing anew with the approach of August 15, the 70th anniversary of the announcement of Japan’s surrender. China’s ambassador to Tokyo revived the topic July 23, when he pointedly advised Japanese Prime … Continue reading

Shanghai women’s liberal views on sex during the Mao Era; beginnings of the illicit sex industry


The following stories are first-hand recollections of life in China during the years immediately after the Communists took power (1949-1951). They are written by Chan Kai Yee, author of Tiananmen‘s Tremendous Achievements (see link in right sidebar). We would recommend this book for those interested in more first-hand perspectives of life in China, particularly the … Continue reading

China’s media abandons search for Japanese link to missing plane


After spending weeks combing through official reports, attending press conferences and interviewing aviation insiders, China’s official news agency Xinhua has officially called off the search for a Japanese link to the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370. On Friday morning, Beijing bureau chief Qian Congmin convened the agency’s top news editors for a special meeting, … Continue reading

China celebrates Mao’s 120th birthday, but events scaled back


China celebrates the 120th birthday of Mao Zedong, the founder of modern China, on Thursday, but will be scaling back festivities as President Xi Jinping embarks on broad economic reforms which have unsettled leftists. Mao has become a potent symbol for leftists within the ruling Communist Party who feel that three decades of market-based reform … Continue reading

Envisioning the future of China – circa 1960s


During the 1960’s, China was at a crossroads when it came to envisioning the future. On the one hand, the country was recovering from the shock’s of Mao’s “Great Leap Forward” – a program of rapid industrialization and collectivization that led to widespread famine and millions of deaths. On the other, the country was still … Continue reading

Chinese hatred of Japan; real or government-created?


“On this day in 1945, Japan announced unconditional surrender.” The official account of China Central Television posted this information on Weibo, one of China’s largest social media platforms, and it quickly spread. Three trending posts, with a combined 236,000 retweets, identified the day’s significance and emphasized the number of Chinese who had been wounded and killed during … Continue reading

Greatest danger for China and the world: Reemergence of a tyrant


Sinocentric Cosmology: China has a long history of regarding itself as the centre of the world due to its ignorance of the existence of the other parts of the world that were much larger and even stronger than it. It paid dearly for such ignorance and arrogance in being bullied for more than a century … Continue reading

Mao’s grandson is a laughing stock in today’s China


Bumbling and gaffe-prone, Major General Mao Xinyu has become the laughingstock for a country with increasingly mixed attitudes towards its most celebrated leader. Mao Zedong‘s grandson just can’t catch a break. The most-mocked man at China’s annual rubber-stamp congress was in some respects also its most privileged. The only living grandson of the “Great Helmsman,” … Continue reading

“Tombstone” looks at China’s famine of the mid-1900s; the Great Leap Forward


Mao’s Great Leap Forward, designed to make China the world’s leading communist state, generated the worst famine in history. Until recently, the West knew little about the causes and size of the disaster, which killed tens of millions in four years. The worst famine in history As a veteran Chinese journalist, Yang Jisheng recounts in … Continue reading

China: What the CCP can do for you!


Imagine a poster with headlines that read: “What the CCP can do for you!” It would capture all of the utopian Chinese communist promises from the early years of the civil war propaganda, through the first series of the five year plans and redistribution of property. Add that to the Great Leap Forward; skip past … Continue reading

September 9 1976 Mao Zedong dies


Originally posted on Craig Hill Training Services:
On September 9th 1976, Chinese revolutionary and statesman Mao Zedong, who had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease and other health problems, died in Beijing at the age of 82. The Communist leader and founder of the People’s Republic of China is considered one of the most influential figures…

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