One Man to Rule a Billion

Mao Zedong (stf/afp/getty images)

 

Fifty years ago, Chinese dictator Mao Zedong unleashed his Red Guards against members of his own Chinese Communist Party accused of having capitalist sympathies. This paramilitary group of Chinese youth carried out mass killings in Beijing and other major Chinese cities in the name of Mao Zedong and Communist orthodoxy. In the southern region of Guangxi, these violent pogroms escalated to the point of cannibalism—with teenagers killing their school principals and eating them in celebration of their triumph over “counter-revolutionaries.”

While there is no official count of the number of people murdered during these purges, historians estimate that millions—even 30 million or more—may have perished in the decade-long Cultural Revolution that began in May 1966.

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PLA troops spotted near China-Vietnam border

A large number of People’s Liberation Army troops have been spotted heading towards the China-Vietnam border as tensions between the two countries continue to escalate, reports Hong Kong’s Sing Tao Daily.

Thousands of Chinese nationals living or on business in Vietnam have already fled the country amid anti-China riots, which were sparked by a tense standoff between Chinese and Vietnamese naval ships near a Chinese oil rig in disputed waters off the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea on May 4. Continue reading