File photo of a statue of the late Chairman Mao Zedong at Dong Fang Hong Square in Nanjie village of Luohe city

 
File photo of a statue of the late Chairman Mao Zedong at Dong Fang Hong Square in Nanjie village of Luohe city
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