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Security guards salute near wreaths in front of a statue of the late Communist leader Mao Zedong in Shaoshan, Mao's hometown, in southern China's Hunan province, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. China's leaders bowed three times before a statue of Mao on the 120th anniversary of his birth Thursday in carefully controlled celebrations that also sought to uphold the market-style reforms that came after his death. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT

China marks the 120th anniversary of the birth of Mao

Yahoo NewsDecember 26, 2013

China's leaders bowed three times before a statue of Mao Zedong on the 120th anniversary of his birth Thursday in carefully controlled celebrations that also sought to uphold the market-style reforms he would have opposed.

The approach underscores the delicate balancing act the Communist Party leadership — installed last year — has to perform in managing perceptions of Mao's legacy. (AP)

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