mandag 19. mars 2018

The new helmsman: Xi Jinping's re-election brings comparison with Mao

China’s propaganda drive has kicked into overdrive following Xi Jinping’s unanimous reappointment as president at the weekend. Xi’s face dominated the front pages of major Sunday newspapers, many carrying the same editorial from the ruling Communist party’s official People’s Daily about Xi’s reappointment as president on Saturday. It used language once more associated with Mao Zedong, who was known as the Great Helmsman, saying he was a “leader loved and respected by the people” and “helmsman of the country”. “The voyage of a great country cannot do without a helmsman,” the paper wrote.