Beijing Bulletin – Michael Bristow

For the BBC, Michael Bristow writes the first in a series of columns about Beijing in the run-up to the Olympics:

 44332211 Maozedong416GettyMao Zedong’s portrait still hangs in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, Marx is still mentioned and, of course, the Chinese Communist Party is still in power.

Even the outdated greeting ‘comrade’ is still used in official circles – despite the fact it’s now become a slang term for homosexual.

But under this communist gloss, there’s not much communism in China. [Full text]

[Image via BBC]

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