Mao Zedong, who framed the Chinese Communist Revolution and the cultural revolution, would have been 120 years old now if immortality were possible. Celebrations of his memory appeared to raise high emotions among many of the Communist Chinese in Mainland China. The China Daily reported on Dec. 27, 2013, that an overall view is necessary in dealing with Mao.
Chinese President Xi Jinping said at a symposium in Beijing to commemorate the 120th anniversary of Mao's birth that Mao led the Chinese people to achieve national independence and defeat invaders. It is generally viewed that Mao, who died on Sept 9, 1976, made some very serious mistakes during the "cultural revolution" which lasted from 1966-76. Nevertheless, Xi said Mao was "a great patriot and national hero" and that he led the Chinese people to a new destiny.
China honored the memory of Mao amid growing public discontent, reports Radio Free Asia. On Thursday China's leaders paid their respects at the mausoleum of Mao Zedong in order to mark the 120th anniversary of his birth. Mao, who is seen as the founding father of modern China, nevertheless remains both a deeply symbolic and yet divisive figure in China.
Parodoxically, even though it is popular political rhetoric among the Democrats and Republicans in the USA to insist they do not approve of the Communist Chinese government, it has been US government endorsed Wall Street investments which have helped to make The Peoples Republic of China perhaps the most powerful economic giant in the world today. This is something Mao would have liked to have lived to have seen.