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UPDATED: 07:39, December 27, 2006
China marks 113th anniversary of Mao Zedong' birth with "online museum"
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China marked the 113th anniversary of the birth of late Chairman Mao Zedong with the opening of an "online museum" on Tuesday.

The "museum" was opened on the website of the Communist Party's flagship newspaper The People's Daily to mark the anniversary on Dec. 26. Sixty pictures of Mao dating back to 1913 are on display with detailed illustrations under each picture.

The pictures focus on Mao's personality, Mao's meeting with foreign guests and his family.

"On this special day, let us commemorate our great proletarian revolutionary and the great leader respected and loved by our party, our military forces and the Chinese people of all ethnic groups," the website reads.

"Mao, as the core of the first generation of leadership of the Communist Party of China, led the Chinese people to win the war against thousands of years of exploitation in China."

The anniversary has sparked online debate over the legacy of Mao and his generation.

"Though Mao made some misjudgments and was unable to lead the Chinese people to live moderately prosperous lives during his lifetime, he laid a solid foundation for China's entry to the world," one Internet user wrote.

"Negating Mao is actually negating the generation who sacrificed their lives to build the country and ultimately negating our nation," the writer continued.

"Historical opportunities and Mao's own character shaped his legendary life," a student of Beijing University said. "Mao was not perfect, but full of charisma."

Other commemorative activities included a documentary titled "Mao Zedong, Military Genius" broadcast on Dec. 25 on CCTV7.

The documentary showed Mao's military thought and strategies in major campaigns, combining both military theory and practice, comparing modern and ancient battles as well as Western and Eastern strategies, according to the co-producers.

The co-producers, the Qiushi Film and Television Center, the Academy of Military Sciences of People's Liberation Army and the August First Film Studio, said the documentary was completed after five years shooting based on wide reference to military experts and historians.

Source: Xinhua

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