China’s New Long March: Eighty years after the Long March, Professor Rana Mitter of Oxford’s China Centre considers what lies ahead for a nation Mao would barely recognise
Eighty years ago Chinese communists embarked on what became known as the Long March — a 6,000-mile trek that established Mao Zedong’s leadership and laid the foundations for Communist rule in China. Now it is an economic superpower Mao would barely have recognised. What lies ahead? Where will China’s long march take it over the coming decades? This is one of the questions that Oxford’s China Centre was set up to examine. Its director Rana Mitter, Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China, considers the evidence.
He is speaking from the Dickson Poon Building, set up as a collaboration between the University and St Hugh’s College, sponsored by a Hong Kong philanthropist and opened last month by the Duke of Cambridge. Housed within, the six-year-old China Centre offers Oxford’s characteristic depth and breadth of study and a vital alternative to what is on offer in the United States and East Asia.
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