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As China enters new era, how much of Mao will stay?

A statue of the late Chairman Mao Zedong is seen at Dong Fang Hong Square in Nanjie village of Luohe city in China's central Henan province in this September 25, 2012 file photo. In 1981, five years after his death, China's ruling Communist Party began to save history from Mao Zedong. Today, speculation about whether it is poised to finish the job has cast a spotlight on one of the most emotive debates simmering inside the party - how much of Mao can it erase without undermining its authority. REUTERS/Jason Lee/Files

A statue of the late Chairman Mao Zedong is seen at Dong Fang Hong Square in Nanjie village of Luohe city in China's central Henan province in this September 25, 2012 file photo. In 1981, five years after his death, China's ruling Communist Party...more

A statue of the late Chairman Mao Zedong is seen at Dong Fang Hong Square in Nanjie village of Luohe city in China's central Henan province in this September 25, 2012 file photo. In 1981, five years after his death, China's ruling Communist Party began to save history from Mao Zedong. Today, speculation about whether it is poised to finish the job has cast a spotlight on one of the most emotive debates simmering inside the party - how much of Mao can it erase without undermining its authority. REUTERS/Jason Lee/Files
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A worker cleans near a poster of the late Chairman Mao Zedong at a thermal power plant of the Nanjie Cun Group in Nanjie village of Luohe city in China's central Henan province in this September 25, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Jason Lee/Files

A worker cleans near a poster of the late Chairman Mao Zedong at a thermal power plant of the Nanjie Cun Group in Nanjie village of Luohe city in China's central Henan province in this September 25, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Jason Lee/Files

A worker cleans near a poster of the late Chairman Mao Zedong at a thermal power plant of the Nanjie Cun Group in Nanjie village of Luohe city in China's central Henan province in this September 25, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Jason Lee/Files
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Paramilitary police officers stand guard in front of a giant portrait of China's late Chairman Mao Zedong at Beijing's Tiananmen Gate in this September 27, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Jason Lee/Files

Paramilitary police officers stand guard in front of a giant portrait of China's late Chairman Mao Zedong at Beijing's Tiananmen Gate in this September 27, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Jason Lee/Files

Paramilitary police officers stand guard in front of a giant portrait of China's late Chairman Mao Zedong at Beijing's Tiananmen Gate in this September 27, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Jason Lee/Files
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Paramilitary policemen stand guard in front of the giant portrait of former Chinese Chairman Mao Zedong at Beijing's Tiananmen Square November 6, 2012, as security is tightened around the square and the adjoining Great Hall of the People. REUTERS/David Gray

Paramilitary policemen stand guard in front of the giant portrait of former Chinese Chairman Mao Zedong at Beijing's Tiananmen Square November 6, 2012, as security is tightened around the square and the adjoining Great Hall of the People....more

Paramilitary policemen stand guard in front of the giant portrait of former Chinese Chairman Mao Zedong at Beijing's Tiananmen Square November 6, 2012, as security is tightened around the square and the adjoining Great Hall of the People. REUTERS/David Gray
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A paramilitary police officer stands guard in front of the giant portrait of former Chinese Chairman Mao Zedong at Beijing's Tiananmen Square November 6, 2012, as security is tightened around the square and the adjoining Great Hall of the People. REUTERS/David Gray

A paramilitary police officer stands guard in front of the giant portrait of former Chinese Chairman Mao Zedong at Beijing's Tiananmen Square November 6, 2012, as security is tightened around the square and the adjoining Great Hall of the People....more

A paramilitary police officer stands guard in front of the giant portrait of former Chinese Chairman Mao Zedong at Beijing's Tiananmen Square November 6, 2012, as security is tightened around the square and the adjoining Great Hall of the People. REUTERS/David Gray
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