Once a reform-minded political rising star, Yu Youjun surprised many with his miraculous comeback after a corruption probe.
Months after his retirement this year, Yu returned to the limelight as a scholar addressing the thorny issues of the Cultural Revolution.
“The soil for the Cultural Revolution is still fertile, especially when the people have no reasonable and profound knowledge of it. It may partially recur, under certain historical conditions,” he told students, mainland news outlet Caijing reported.
He chose the controversial topic because next year is the 50th anniversary of its outbreak. His goal is for the public to “voluntarily refute the Cultural Revolution”, he added.
Yu rose to prominence in Guangdong province in the 1990s. At age 41, he rose to vice-ministry level to head the provincial propaganda department.
Yu became Shenzhen’s mayor in 2000. In 2003, he met the author of a lengthy article that blamed Shenzhen’s lack of market economic policies for the city’s sidelined role during the country’s boom.
Full article: China’s Cultural Revolution could happen again, warns ex-Shenzhen mayor and former rising political star (South China Morning Post)