China’s Politburo to Drop Mao

    FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2012 file photo, anti-Japan protesters hold portraits of the late Communist leader Mao Zedong and Chinese national flags as they march on a street outside the Japanese Embassy in Beijing. The face of dissatisfaction with China’s Communist Party is the face of the man synonymous with it: Mao Zedong.  Portraits of the revolutionary leader, hoisted by people born after his death 36 years ago, often led packs of demonstrators in protests over Japan’s effort last week to bolster its hold on islands claimed by China.   (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan, File)

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    Talk about harsh. China’s ruling Communist Party said on Monday that it will drop customary references to Mao Zedong in statements ahead of its leadership transition later this year. The move is the strongest hint yet that the Politburo is seriously considering reform, as Mao has always been referenced with Marx, Lenin, and Deng Xiaoping as ideological heroes in the party’s documents. The Politburo also said it will consider amending the party’s constitution. The significant move comes just months after the ouster of Bo Xilai, a powerful political boss who is being investigated for alleged involvement in the murder of British diplomat Neil Heywood.

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