Mao Zedong

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A tragedy pushed to the shadows: the truth about China’s Cultural Revolution
The long read: It is impossible to understand China without understanding this decade of horror, and the ways in which it scarred the entire nation. So why do some of that era’s children still look back on it with fondness?

Tania Branigan

19, Jan, 2023 @6:00 AM

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The Guardian view on the future of China’s unrest: more complex than it seems | Editorial
Editorial: A binary reading of these remarkable zero-Covid protests does not help anyone understand their significance


30, Nov, 2022 @6:43 PM

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The most powerful man in China since Mao: Xi Jinping is on the brink of total power
The Communist party will this week confirm Xi as China’s most powerful leader since Mao. What will his extended term of office mean for the country and for its neighbour Taiwan?

Emma Graham-Harrison and Helen Davidson in Taipei

15, Oct, 2022 @3:59 PM

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China’s censorship reaches far beyond its own borders | Letter
Letter: We should never take free speech for granted, especially if it concerns art, writes John Finlay


29, Aug, 2022 @4:54 PM

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The Guardian view on China’s censors: the sense of an (acceptable) ending | Editorial
Editorial: It is not just political matters that exercise Beijing but also the moral outlook of art and entertainment


24, Aug, 2022 @5:49 PM

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How Beethoven inspired 50 years of cultural exchange between the US and China
A new book tells how classical music, played to the Chinese by the Philadelphia Orchestra, ushered in decades of valuable interchanges now under threat

Vincent Ni China affairs correspondent

09, Apr, 2022 @3:00 PM

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Fifty years on, ‘Nixon in China’ loses its sparkle in Beijing and Washington
The trip was hailed as a diplomatic breakthrough at the time but now critics in the US question its wisdom

Vincent Ni China affairs correspondent

21, Feb, 2022 @1:55 AM

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Chinese Communist party elevates Xi’s status in ‘historical resolution’
Analysts say move is designed to put president on same level as Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping

Vincent Ni and agencies

11, Nov, 2021 @2:36 PM

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Ai Weiwei: ‘It is so positive to be poor as a child. You understand how vulnerable our humanity can be’
From living in a dugout in Little Siberia to his friendship with Allen Ginsberg in New York, artist and activist Ai Weiwei reveals what drives his restless creativity

David Shariatmadari

30, Oct, 2021 @9:30 AM

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The Guardian view on Xi Jinping’s China: rectification, not revolution | Editorial
Editorial: A wide-ranging crackdown and leftist rhetoric have stirred fears of a return to the apogee of Maoism


12, Sep, 2021 @4:58 PM

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Abimael Guzmán, leader of Peru’s Shining Path, dies aged 86
Founder of Maoist insurgents that terrorised Peru in 1980s and 1990s dies in military prison where he was serving life sentence

Dan Collyns Lima

11, Sep, 2021 @7:02 PM

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China’s Communist party has rewritten its own past – but the truth will surface | Rana Mitter
The history of the century-old party is far more interesting than its sanitised propaganda would suggest, says Rana Mitter, author of China’s Good War

Rana Mitter

01, Jul, 2021 @7:00 AM

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