Fewsmith in Bloomberg: Xi on the Cultural Revolution

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Joseph Fewsmith, Professor of International Relations at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, was recently interviewed on a commentary published in China’s Communist Party’s flagship newspaper, People’s Daily, that was critical of the Cultural Revolution. 

Fewsmith was quoted in a May 16, 2016 article on Bloomberg entitled “China Silence on Mao’s ’Catastrophe’ Role Fuels Revival Fear.

From the text of the article:

“The commentary reminds us of the fragility of the legitimacy of the PRC,” said Joseph Fewsmith, a political science professor at Boston University who studies China’s elite politics. “Xi Jinping has been trying hard to say the Maoist period was, overall, good, but the Cultural Revolution should nevertheless be ’totally negated.’ It is difficult to make that case.”

Fewsmith is Professor of International Relations and Political Science at Boston University. He is the author or editor of eight books, including, most recently, The Logic and Limits of Political Reform in China (January 2013). Fewsmith travels to China regularly and is active in the Association for Asian Studies and the American Political Science Association. Learn more about him here.