China’s Leader Embraces Mao as He Tightens Grip on Country

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Joseph Fewsmith, College of Arts & Sciences

On 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…

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“Just as liberals pinned their hopes on Xi supporting their agenda, the New Left saw an opportunity when Xi’s rhetoric veered to the left and adopted Maoist overtones.”

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