Los Angeles Times

Mao Tse-tung and China

Like visitors at George Washington's estate in Mount Vernon, Va., people come to Shaoshan village deep in the heart of China to remember and teach their children about their national hero. He launched the Long March, an estimated 3,750-mile epic exploit as central to the story of China as the Boston Tea Party is to America. He fought warlords, the Japanese and the U.S.-supported Nationalists under Chiang Kai-shek. On Oct. 1, 1949, he stood in Beijing's Tiananmen Square and proclaimed the birth of a new China. He was Mao Tse-tung. -- Susan Spano Read more: Understanding China begins with a look at Mao Tse-tung Upper photo: Shaoshan, China Lower photo credit: Associated PressSusan Spano
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