Blog: China - the long view
Dave Leggett | 17 October 2003
Here's a story I heard yesterday that encapsulates the Chinese tendency to take a long view on things. Not sure how true it is, but it made me laugh. A journalist from the Washington Post secured a rare interview with Mao Tse Tung at around the time of the cultural revolution in the late 1960s. For a western reporter from a western newspaper, it was a bit of a coup and the interview kicked off in gentle fashion (jumping in to ask the great man about the damaging effects of the cultural revolution would probably not have been a good idea). They talked about revolutionary theory in general and after a few minutes the WP guy posed a question to Mao: what do you think of the French revolution and its consequences? Mao was silent for a while, composing his thoughts. Eventually, he gave his answer: 'Too early to say.'
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