Posted by: rbbadger | October 4, 2009

60th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China

In 1949, the brutal and bloody civil war between Communist and Nationalist factions came to an end.  Chairman Mao was triumphant.  Chiang Kai-shek was forced into exile on Taiwan where the Republic of China exists today.  Chairman Mao made a famous speech from the Gate of Heavenly Peace (Tian’anmen) and announced the beginning of “new China” (新華). 

I don’t know that this should be a cause for celebration.  I, myself, would view it as a cause for mourning.  Chiang Kai-shek and his Nationalists were not innocent.  There was widespread corruption in the Kuomintang.  They could also be quite brutal.  Nevertheless, Chiang did make some good economic reforms in Taiwan which enabled the tiny, island nation to become one of the most dynamic economies in Asia.  This was much unlike the situation on the Mainland.  It seemed that Mao was just interested in driving his country into the ground for the fun of it. 

Anyhow, the Communists decided to put on a spectacle without precedent for National Day, complete with the parade of missiles and such-like.  It really is very disturbing.  It seems all a bit like happenings in our neighbour to the North, if you get my drift.  There were also, in another video I saw, huge floats with massive pictures of the leaders of “New China” extolling the glories of Mao Zedong Thought, Deng Xiaoping Theory (“to get rich is glorious”), Jiang Zemin’s Three Represents (the Communist Party represents China’s advanced culture, advanced production capabilities, and the overwhelming majority of the Chinese people), and the Scientific Development Concept of Hu Jintao.  Here are the highlights.


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