China Wishes Mao a Happy 120th

    A man and a woman prepare to present flowers to a bronze statue of former Chinese leader Mao Zedong at a square in Shaoshan, in China's central province of Hunan on December 24, 2013.   Thousands of Mao Zedong admirers will descend on the town this week to mark the 120th anniversary of the former leader's birth -- an occasion that represents a  tricky balancing act for the government.    AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO        (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    China celebrated Mao Tse-tung’s 120th birthday Thursday with concerts, exhibits, and broadcast TV specials across the country. President Xi Jinping, Prime Minister Li Keqiang, and other senior Beijing officials paid tribute to the communist leader at his mausoleum in Tiananmen Square. How to remember Mao’s legacy is the subject of an underlying debate, with academics pushing for a more public acknowledgement of the millions of deaths caused by his revolutionary economic policies.

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