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Xinhai Revolution Centenary: Chinese pendulum swings to the left [The Age]

100 years since the end of dynastic rule: Here’s a look at media coverage as this report from the Sydney Morning Herald marks the Xinhai centenary by uncovering, a new Mao-inspired epoch of socialism and nationalism. Xinhai Revolution trigger magnificent and exceptional change of Asia (Xinhua, October 10, 2011) + China’s Xinhai Revolution Celebration a Strategy to Win Taiwan (Epoch Times, October 5, 2011) + China grapples with revolutionary past, 100 years on (AFP, October 9, 2011)

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Chinese pendulum swings to the left
John Garnaut In Beijing
Source – Sydney Morning Herald, published October 9, 2011

CHINA is heading into a new Mao-inspired epoch of socialism and nationalism, says the founder of China’s most powerful leftist internet platform.

Han Deqiang, who founded and retains behind-the-scenes control over the Utopia website, says most observers have failed to notice a profound shift in China’s ideological and political trajectory.

He recited an old saying about the Yellow River dramatically changing its course every generation to describe China’s swing from Chairman Mao to Deng Xiaoping and back again. Read the rest of this entry »

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China’s former President Jiang Zemin makes rare public appearance [Telegraph]

Anniversary at the Great Hall of People: 100 years since the pivotal Xinhai Revolution (辛亥革命) which ended millennia of dynastic rule, third-generation leader 85-year-old Jiang Zemin makes rare public appearance to dispel rumours from Japan and Hong Kong he has passed on.

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China’s former President Jiang Zemin makes rare public appearance
Jiang Zemin, China’s former president attended celebrations commemoration the 100th anniversary of the revolution that overthrew the emperor, his first public appearance since rumours emerged that he had died.
Source – Telegraph, published October 9, 2011 

Chinese president Hu Jintao (L) and former president Jiang Zemin attend the Commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution Photo: GETTY

Mr Jiang, 85, was seen sitting with other top Communist Party officials at a ceremony hosted by current President Hu Jintao in Beijing and broadcast live on state television. He looked frail and was once shown nodding off.

Rumours of Mr Jiang’s death began circulating in July after he failed to appear at a meeting celebrating the party’s 90th birthday.

They gathered momentum and culminated with Hong Kong and Japanese media saying his death had been confirmed.

The state-run Xinhua news agency was eventually forced to publish a rare denial, quoting “authoritative sources” as saying the reports were “pure rumour”. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, Chinese Model, Communications, Communist Party 90th Anniversary, Culture, Domestic Growth, History, Influence, Mapping Feelings, Nationalism, New Leadership, Politics, Public Diplomacy, Reform, Social, Soft Power, Telegraph UK, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities, Xinhai

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