China marks the 120th anniversary of the birth of Mao

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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

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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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