“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.”
— Mark Twain

National Day, October 1

Posted: October 1st, 2020 | No Comments »

Of course due to October 1 1949 and Mao’s pronouncements in Tiananmen (not actually much of a formal square back then)

On October 1st 1949 the victorious People’s Liberation Army paraded through Peking. A new national anthem, The March of the Volunteers, was blasted from speaker trucks, a new Chinese flag, red with five yellow stars, was unfurled. Chairman Mao took to the rostrum:

‘Comrades! Today, I hereby declare the formal establishment of the People’s Republic of China! The people throughout China have been plunged into bitter suffering and tribulations…’

And, although everyone believes Mao said it that historic day:

‘The Chinese people have stood up…’

He actually didn’t. It’s an urban myth. But you get the point – everything had changed in China.

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