August 22, 2013
China Still Clings to Mao
John Garnaut, Foreign Policy
The downfall of Bo Xilai -- the Chongqing Communist Party boss who will almost certainly be convicted on charges of bribery, graft, and abuse of power during his trial Thursday in the provincial capital of Jinan -- was supposed to move China away from its Maoist past. And yet, judging from Chinese President Xi Jinping's evolving political platform, Bo's Maoist-flavored agenda has its attractions -- even for princelings (the sons and daughters of top officials) whose families suffered horrifically during the chairman's disastrous Cultural Revolution.
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