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Massive Mao Statue Torn Down in Rural China

A giant statue of Mao Zedong was suddenly torn down last week in rural China. The steel and concrete statue was built in rural Henan province at a reported cost of $460,000. Entrepreneurs were said to have footed the bill. The statue of communist China’s founding father was 37 meters tall and was covered in gold paint. It sparked a charged debate on Chinese social media about the role of Mao, who is both revered and reviled. The Global Times, an official Communist Party...

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