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A Chinese man shouts anti-Japan slogans in a crowd holding Chinese national flags and portraits of the late Communist leader Mao Zedong in front of the Japanese Embassy in Beijing on Tuesday. Mao died 36 years ago but is held in high esteem by those who think the current leadership pales in comparison. (Associated Press)

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A Chinese man shouts anti-Japan slogans in a crowd holding Chinese national flags and portraits of the late Communist leader Mao Zedong in front of the Japanese Embassy in Beijing on Tuesday. Mao died 36 years ago but is held in high esteem by those who think the current leadership pales in comparison. (Associated Press)

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A 1971 photo of a woman holding pingpong paddles bearing caricatures of President Nixon and China's Mao Zedong recalls that year's Chinese-U.S. match in Dortmund, Germany, which led to Nixon's historic visit to Beijing. (Associated Press)

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Political wives have been viewed suspiciously in China ever since Jiang Qing (seen here), the widow of Mao Zedong, promoted his most radical policies, took part in purging opponents and ultimately made a grab for power. She was arrested and imprisoned after his death in 1976. (Associated Press)

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A giant portrait of Chairman Mao is removed from the Museum of Chinese History on Tiananmen Square in 1981, signaling the end of the so-called cult of personality sustained by Mao's widow and the rest of the Gang of Four. (Photo from the book CHINA, edited by Liu Heung Shing)