Liu Shaoqi’s great-granddaughter: Mao made mistakes, but people respect him

27.10.2017, Russia.

Liu Shaoqi’s great-granddaughter,  Margarita Fedorova, the First Vice-President of the Russian-Asian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, remarked on the differences in how political leaders are perceived in Russia and China, Rossa Primavera News Agency reported on October 25.

Speaking at the roundtable discussions, Political leadership yesterday, today and tomorrow, in the city of Ulyanovsk, Margarita Fedorova shared her family’s memories of her great-grandfather  Chinese statesman Liu Shaoqi, one of the past leaders of the Communist Party of China.

Answering a question from the round table’s moderator regarding whether or not people in China study the USSR’s collapse, Margarita Fedorova explained that China devotes great attention to the topic, “No one has studied the issue as scrupulously as China did.” According to Fedorova, the term “socialism with Chinese characteristics” emerged in China after analyzing the errors that led the Soviet Union to catastrophe.

She also pointed out that China treats its political leaders differently, “Here in Russia they usually criticize and discuss the mistakes of the leaders. This is unacceptable in China, that is why the portrait of Mao Zedong continues to hang at the [Tiananmen] square. Nevertheless, everyone understands that Mao Zedong made mistakes, just as all of us do. China draws its power from this,” Fedotova said.

On October 18, at the China’s 19th Communist Party Congress, Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, said in his opening speech that the Russian revolution of 1917 played an important role in China’s national development.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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