Apr 22, 2015

Man who defaced Mao picture jailed for 14 months

A man who threw a jar of ink at the imposing portrait of former Chinese leader Mao Zedong in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square has been jailed for 14 months, media said Wednesday. Sun Bing in March last year “defaced” the iconic picture which hangs prominently ...

China's 'little red soldiers' get lessons in loyalty

Feb 10, 2015

China's 'little red soldiers' get lessons in loyalty

Wearing sky-blue army uniforms emblazoned with red stars, they could be communist comrades from China’s civil war. In fact the youngsters are the targets of a modern campaign to win hearts and minds, with the classroom as its battleground. “We are the new generation ...

China's Xi approaches Mao in state media mentions: study

Jul 30, 2014

China's Xi approaches Mao in state media mentions: study

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s name has graced the pages of the Communist Party’s flagship newspaper more frequently than any other leader since founding father Mao Zedong, according to researchers. The report by the University of Hong Kong’s China Media Project comes amid a much-publicized ...

Aug 15, 2013

To normalize ties, Mao turned to war criminal

In 1956 and 1957, the late Chinese leader Mao Zedong wanted a Japanese Class-A war criminal who remained an influential figure in the postwar era to visit China in an apparent effort to normalize diplomatic ties with Japan, according to recently disclosed diplomatic documents. ...

| Aug 14, 2013

Aging Chinese apologize for past wrongs

As a teenager radicalized by China’s Cultural Revolution, Zhang Hongbing denounced his mother to the authorities. Two months later a firing squad shot her dead. Now, after more than 40 years of mounting guilt, Zhang has ruffled the silence that cloaks China’s decade of ...