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BBC News Mundo: Why Xi Jinping is not a new Mao Zedong (nor does he seek to be)


Christopher Marquis, Sinyi Professor of Chinese Management at Cambridge Judge Business School and author of the forthcoming book “Mao and Markets,” is featured in this article about Xi Jinping often being defined as a new Mao Zedong.

Christopher agrees that Xi and Mao are completely different leaders in totally different eras, so there is no point in comparing them.

“What I do think is important about these comparisons is that Xi is using many of Mao’s levers of power, so to speak. Xi uses his propaganda and ideology to promote his programs. In fact, the way China’s political apparatus works comes from Mao.” he says. (transl. / subs)

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