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China: don't mistake Xi Jinping's crackdowns for a second Cultural Revolution

By Kerry Brown, Professor of Chinese Politics; Director, Lau China Institute, King's College London
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Mao Zedong, when he was close to death in the mid-1970s, told those around him that he regarded his two greatest achievements as establishing a unified country in 1949, and launching the Cultural Revolution in 1966. This huge movement continued till Mao’s death in 1976. His desire, he said, was that every few years it would recur.

Others did not share his positive assessment of this event. Over the past four decades, the Cultural Revolution has figured like a nightmarish…

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