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Ah, Reform, Peking Style

Not exactly encouraging:

When the screening in Jiangsu ended, state media reported, local party chief Luo Zhijun exhorted the assembled officials to “correctly understand the lessons of history.” The film’s message: The Soviet Union didn’t fall apart because of the communist system itself, but because of individuals who betrayed it, especially Mikhail Gorbachev.

The film is part of an ideological campaign launched by China’s new leader, Xi Jinping, to re-energize the party and enforce discipline among its members. It has been shown at dozens of political meetings since September.

For those of you who thought Mao was a soft, cuddly swimmer.

Posted in Foreign Policy.