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Chinese professor sacked after criticising Mao online

BEIJING: A Chinese professor has been sacked after he criticised Chairman Mao Zedong on his 123rd birthday in a commentary he posted online that enraged leftists. Mao, who died on Sept. 9, 1976, is still officially venerated by the ruling Communist Party as the founder of modern China and his face appears on every yuan banknote. But he is particularly respected by leftists who believe the country has become too capitalist and unequal over three decades of market-based reforms, and attitudes towards Mao and his legacy…