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China Silent on 50th Anniversary of Cultural Revolution

Fifty years ago today, the Chinese Communist Party started the country down a path to the Cultural Revolution, which it said would bring about a more just society, but in practice led to complete social and economic disaster. This seemingly momentous anniversary was all but ignored and met with virtual silence from China’s state-run media. On May 16, 1966, Chinese Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong began the campaign by purging several top party officials and announcing his agenda...

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