The Chinese control revolution: Maoist echoes of Xi's power play

The Chinese leader is extending the party’s dominance over civil society. The flurry of activity has many of the hallmarks of a new political era.

Busts of Chinese President Xi Jinping and former leader Mao Zedong on sale at the Panjiayuan market in Beijing. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

(FINANCIAL TIMES) A prominent leftist commentator in China has denounced "big capitalists" and entertainment industry "sissy-boy stars". Leading public figures are disappearing from view. Others are racing to declare their fealty - and pledge billions of dollars - to the policy priorities of an all-powerful supreme leader who has life-tenure.

A sudden frenzy of political activity over the past two weeks has many people wondering if China is entering a new political era, one which embraces elements of Maoist political campaigns as the Communist Party continues to take a more domineering role under President Xi Jinping.

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