søndag 29. september 2019

China anniversary: The deep cuts of 70 years of Communist rule

China's extraordinary rise was a defining story of the 20th Century, but as it prepares to mark its 70th anniversary, the BBC's John Sudworth in Beijing asks who has really won under the Communist Party's rule. Sitting at his desk in the Chinese city of Tianjin, Zhao Jingjia's knife is tracing the contours of a face.

Cut by delicate cut, the form emerges - the unmistakable image of Mao Zedong, founder of modern China. The retired oil engineer discovered his skill with a blade only in later life and now spends his days using the ancient art of paper cutting to glorify leaders and events from China's communist history. "I'm the same age as the People's Republic of China," he says. "I have deep feelings for my motherland, my people and my party."