China Repackages Its History in Support of Xi’s National Vision

Proof reading: Sherryok

Mao Zedong’s eldest son was killed in a U.N. airstrike during the Korean War. The Chinese Academy of History, launched two years ago by Chinese leader Xi Jinping to counter negative views of the ruling Communist Party’s past. In November 2020, on the 70th anniversary of Mao Anying’s death, the academy served up another version of the story. The academy attributed the egg fried rice story to a 2003 edition of a Chinese military officer’s memoir. It didn’t mention the book was published by the Chinese military’s official press.

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