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A new era in China sans Mao?

Supporters believe to this day that it underpins the party's legitimacy and grounds it in a set of guiding principles

In 1981, five years after his death, China's ruling Communist Party began to save history from Mao Zedong. Today, speculation about whether it is poised to finish the job has cast a spotlight on one of the most emotive debates simmering inside the party — how much of Mao can it erase without undermining its authority. The debate is also a proxy for the more tangible battle inside the party over the direction and extent of future reforms. Recent omissions of the term "Mao Zedong Thought" from some policy statements have piqued speculation that the party might remove it from ...