Thursday, September 07, 2006

On his Anniversary, Mao Zedong is Widely Remembered and Debated, Again
The 9th day of September is the 30th death anniversary of the late Chinese leader Mao Zedong. A multi-million museum about him, funded by the government, broke ground on Wednesday and is expected to be finished next year.

Some mainland media published articles in his tribute, highlighting his great achievements and positive impacts on China’s history. While commercial websites like set up a special section to memorize Mao upon the anniversary, state-run news websites like that of Xinhua News Agency and China News Service do not adopt the same approach. Instead, Xinhua’s website set up a special section to memorize the Long March, a milestone movement in China’s revolution in which Mao played a major role. The official sites' downplay of the event indicates that under the intricate situation in current China, talks about Mao’s legacy and influence have become more and more sensitive or tricky and the government is cautious in dealing with the publicity in that regard.

Among scholars and the public, however, Mao is more of a figure of controversy, whose contribution and destruction to China are constantly debated.

Following are some Chinese websites featuring Mao’s death anniversary:

Chinese Economy Suffered Great Loss due to Pollution
Environmental pollution cost Chinese economy more than US$600 billion in the year of 2004, or 3 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of that year, according to China’s first official report on adjusted GDP according to pollution costs. Pan Yue, deputy chief of China’s state administration of environmental protect, said the reported number was only a small portion of the real environmental cost, because technology limitations did not allow more comprehensive measurement, China News Service reported. Mr. Pan warned about China’s environmental crisis and its increasing impact on the country’s economic growth.

Advertising featuring National Leaders Prohibited
The central government has requested local governments to launch an inspection on local retailers’ illegal use of words, names or images of national government officials in promoting their products, Asian Times reported. After earlier crack down, images of China's country leaders are no longer seen on television, print media or billboard advertisements for commercial products, but some stores are still found using such images on site to help boost sales.
----by Josie Liu

No comments: