China cracks down on Mao critics

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(From The FT)

Chairman Mao’s legacy has became a battleground for “leftists” and “rightists” over the past year, 50 years after he launched the chaotic and violent Cultural Revolution. The rancorous debates come as current president Xi Jinping tightens control over the party and society. On Friday, censors closed down the social media accounts and website of a think-tank founded by 88-year-old economist Mao Yushi, a frequent target of neo-Maoists (and no relation with the Communist leader), among others. A total 17 websites were taken down for posting “fake news”.

The “fake news” bit is particularly interesting. How much would you like to bet that, as is often the case here, “fake news” is ACTUAL news.

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