Poetry Corner: The Long March by Mao Tse Tung

The Long March by Mao Tse Tung, October 1935

Chairman Mao Tse Tung is well known as the leader of the Communist revolution in China and as a founder of the People’s Republic of China. Mao is less well known as an accomplished and prodigious poet.

Here we feature The Long March, written towards the end of the Long March itself, noting some of the locations passed by the Red Army.

Hypocritical clothing companies buy into US propaganda over Xinjiang

The trade and propaganda war of the US and its allies against China has recently caused some friendly fire after the Chinese Youth Communist League publicly denounced a group of mainly clothing corporations that have cut supply links with Xinjiang. Many of the corporations have a long history of enthusiastically utilising global sweatshops. Yet, as Xinjiang residents have been lifted out of poverty in recent years, these long-term exploiters have decided to claim the moral high ground on a hill built of US State department lies that are repeatedly denied and disproven by people who live in China.

China-U.S. relations at all time low after contentious Alaska summit

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Chinese divorce court orders husband to pay ex-wife in landmark ruling

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