The founder of modern China once said: “A single spark can start a prairie fire”.
70 years since Mao Zedong established the Communist People’s Republic, China’s modern-day leaders want to contain the sparks potentially threatening their hold on power.
President Xi Jinping wore a traditional Mao suit to launch the celebrations with a large military parade in Beijing.
Xi warned against threats to national unity, and sent a message to the self-ruled island of Taiwan.
And in semi-autonmous Hong Kong, the government toned down celebrations as four months of anti-China protests turned violent.
Along with trade wars and territorial disputes, how will China manage these challenges?
Presenter: Folly Bah Thibault
Einar Tangen – China Political Analyst who advises the Chinese govenrment on economic and development issues
Jean-Pierre Cabestan – Professor at Hong Kong Baptist University and author of “China Tomorrow: Democracy or Dictatorship”
Gordon Chang – Political Analyst and author of “The Coming Collapse of China”
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