‘Get ready to fight’: China shifts from Deng’s ‘low profile’ to Mao’s aggression

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By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com

Nothing illustrates better the conservative turn that Chinese politics and foreign policy have taken under the Xi Jinping administration than the way ministers and senior cadres are reviving the credos – and familiar sayings – of Chairman Mao Zedong.

A Chinese paramilitary policeman stands guard in front of the portrait of former Chinese Leader Mao Zedong near Tiananmen Square in Beijing.
A Chinese paramilitary policeman stands guard in front of the portrait of former Chinese Leader Mao Zedong near Tiananmen Square in Beijing.

Consider the reaction of the new Chinese ambassador to the United States Cui Tianhai to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s statement earlier this week that Washington supported Tokyo’s administrative rights over the contested Senkaku Islands (known as the Diaoyus in China).

“The U.S. side should stay alert against the recent provocative actions taken by Japanese political leaders,” the official Xinhua news agency quoted Cui as saying.

“We hope that other parties will not lift up rocks for the Japanese, and we hope even more that these rocks won’t end up falling on their own feet.”

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