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Angela Stanzel: ‘I’m afraid I won’t be able to go there in the future’

Angela Stanzel, Researcher at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP)

These days, Angela Stanzel laughs about her mistake: Mao Zedong is God. When she was a child, she had believed that for a moment. On a trip to China with her family, she gazed up in wonder at a gigantic statue of the “Great Helmsman”. The sheer size of the monument captivated her. So she asked her parents: Is that God? But they just laughed and explained the mistake.

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