Thursday, 1 October 2009

China Party (1949-2009)

Today marks the 60th Anniversary of the People's Republic of China's Proclamation as New China by Mao Tse Tung from Tian An Men gate in Beijing. As a country China has come a long way and we can only marvel at their success. However much of this development would not have been possible in a democracy. When I lived in Beijing prior to the Olympics, I saw the city transformed, amazed at how decrees would be implemented in the name of the greater good and things got done.
China today still has problems of poverty and unemployment but no more famine, no more strife and by large a society which is more prosperous. Unfortunate that the Party decided to concentrate on military display instead of people but this has to do largely with communist ideology. It this little clip from Central Television channel 9 in Beijing you can see the similarity with the old Soviet model. Though in Chinese fashion it is colorful. I also like the part where President Hu Jin Tao is fashioned as the New Emperor, like Mao, old symbols die hard.

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