Great Helmsman or ruinous dictator? China remembers Mao, 40 years after death

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Small but vocal group of neo-Maoists dismiss western focus on famine and chaos to praise the republic’s founder on anniversary of passing

On Friday morning Zhang Hongliang, a 60-year-old academic, will jump out of bed and make his way to a secret rendezvous in north-western Beijing to sing a song about Mao Zedong.

Flanked by dozens of kindred Maoist spirits, the Chinese scholar will observe a minute’s silence before delivering a speech on the glories of the Great Helmsman’s 27-year-reign called: “Mao Zedong: the People’s Leader”.

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This is a selective commemoration of parts of Mao’s life, that aren’t the ones that we dwell on outside China

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