Mao’s legacies gain more respect over time

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/12/26 22:43:39

Tuesday marks the 124th anniversary of the late Chairman Mao Zedong's birthday. Large swaths of people gathered in Mao's birthplace - Shaoshan, Xiangtan of Hunan Province - on Monday evening spontaneously, to commemorate the great leader of the 20th century. Mao's birthday has once again become a hot topic on the internet. Various articles and posts online have almost flooded the screen.

Mao is the founder of the People's Republic of China (PRC). The revolution led by him and the foundation he created for the country is gaining increasing respect from Chinese people over time. Of course, all great men have shortcomings. The mistakes Mao made in his later years keep reminding China to keep a cool head in politics.

The Communist Party of China (CPC) led by Mao changed the fate of China. His achievements bear great historical significance. Yet his mistakes caused misery for some at the time, leading to some negative sentiments toward him. Objective and correct evaluation of Mao is hence a historic task for Chinese society. After the Cultural Revolution, some people have focused on Mao's errors in his twilight years and completely repudiated his accomplishments. Yet the sentiment has not influenced mainstream China's positive appraisal of him. In Resolution on Certain Questions in the History of Our Party Since the Founding of the People's Republic of China, the CPC highly affirmed Mao's great accomplishments, stressing his achievements far outweigh his false steps.

In the internet era, public opinions easily polarize. Attitudes to Mao have gradually emerged as one of the most prominent signs of different political preferences. However, the mainstream evaluation by Chinese society is growing increasingly rational.

Most importantly, the PRC he founded is now rising sharply, proving what Mao created was correct and sustainable. The revolution he led rewrote Chinese history and is even rewriting world history. Since Mao's revolution, tremendous changes have taken place both in China and the world. China has emerged from a semi-feudal and semi-colonial country which used to be bullied by other nations into one of the most crucial powers worldwide. Facing the Western world, Chinese people have won back their dignity. Today's Chinese are grateful to generations of great leaders for that huge transformation, but the first person ordinary people would think of is still Mao.

History does not look fabulous when placed under close scrutiny. Some people are nowadays exaggerating certain historical details from Mao's era to show how absurd it was. Such a practice should be condemned.

Slandering Mao should be opposed. The most comprehensive and objective evaluation of him is in the Resolution on Certain Questions in the History of Our Party Since the Founding of the People's Republic of China, which should hold in the long run.

We are now still enjoying many of Mao's political legacies. Drawing lessons from his mistakes also helps us remain vigilant against following the same old unfortunate road of false logic. Paying tribute to Mao is the common feeling of Chinese people and the sentiment will strengthen to transcend time and space.

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