The Chinese leadership celebrated the 120th anniversary of the birth of Mao Tse Tung yesterday, while admitting that Mao "made mistakes" they were very much there to praise Mao not to bury him. Apparently being the centuries 2nd greatest mass murderer, exceeded only by Stalin was merely a mistake.
China's Xinhua news agency reported how the Chinese communist party inner circle made a pilgrimage to Mao's tomb where the bowed to his corpse three times. The Chinese leadership praised Mao and held him up as a role model for the Chinese people.
No one will ever know how many millions Mao killed. They lie for the most part in nameless graves, their only crime to have lived in a country where communists came to power. China by and large has abandoned Marxian socialism for oligarchic Capitalism, but the only justification the ruling class has for remaining in power is it's ideology so Mao remains as its figurehead.
At some point the contradictions, (to use a Marxists term) in Chinese society will become to great and a struggle between the ruling oligarchy and a rising middle class will occur. It remains to be seen whether Mao's bloody record will ever be reassessed or whether he will remain as a political icon,