BEIJING — The People's Daily on Monday marked the 95th birthday of Mao Tse-tung by publishing confessions of failure by him.
"We were at war for decades, so the party had no experience . . . ," the late Chinese Communist Party chairman was quoted as saying.
The party newspaper printed a conversation in 1961 between the man who led the Communists to victory in China and Field Marshal Bernard L. Montgomery, the British war hero, who asked Mao to name the biggest problem in building the new state after 1949.
"The Communist Party lacked experience in dealing with the enormous problems it faced. After so many years of war, which left the country scarred everywhere, we needed to solve problems of industry and farming but did not have the experience," Mao replied.