Beauty is in the Eye of the Powerholder

China's Communist Party, with a long history of revising and whitewashing history to serve contemporary political needs, is sparing no effort to glorify its past and cover up tragic periods in the run up to its 100th anniversary on July 1, 2021. People who present a less-than-rosy view of the CCP's past can face legal punishment for distorting party history or defaming Communist heroes. The Cyberspace Administration of China recently launched a website and hotline for citizens to report “historical nihilism,” defined as any departure from the party line.

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