Mao Zedong has been credited with laying the foundation for communist China.

Fourty years after his death, he remains a powerful symbol with a controversial legacy.

Some hail him as a hero, while others denounce him as a tyrant.

His policies are blamed for causing chaos, famine and mass murder.

But some of his supporters say life back then was better.

They argue China has veered off the communist path laid by Mao and blame capitalism for social inequalities, poverty and corruption.

How much better off are the Chinese now?

Presenter: Richelle Carey


Einar Tangen - Political analyst and economic affairs advisor to the Chinese government.

Frank Dikotter - Professor of History at the University of Hong Kong

Michele Geraci - Head of China Economic Policy Research Programme, Nottingham University

Source: Al Jazeera News