I lived and worked in China for the best part of a decade, and I’ve never forgotten the words of one of my closest Chinese friends: “No Mao, no China. No Deng, no China open”.
- By global affairs analyst Stan Grant
He was, of course, referring to the revolutionary Mao Zedong and one of his successors, Deng Xiaoping — two giants of the 20th century.
Mao established Communist Party rule and Deng launched the economic reforms that set China on a course to become perhaps the most powerful nation of the 21st century.
- Brutal history
They were also brutal figures.
Mao has been…