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Giant golden statue of Chairman Mao Zedong built in China

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The legacy of Chairman Mao Zedong continues to inspire his supporters four decades after his death, with a giant gold-painted statue of China's Communist Party founder at the cost of a whopping $ 4.6 million. The 36 metre-high statue made up of concrete and steel has been installed in an open countryside in Tongxu county near Kaifeng in the central Henan province.

It came up amid reports of disquiet in the Communist Party of China (CPC) about efforts by die-hard Mao supporters to revive his controversial legacy which left millions of dead in various campaigns specially the Cultural Revolution (1966-76) aimed at purging remnants of capitalist and traditional elements to establish a social order based on Marxist ideology.

While China during his period struggled with high rates of poverty, it moved away from his hardline ideology with a broad range of economic reforms, carried out by his successor Deng Xiaoping, which were largely credited for achieving record economic growth, catapulting it to become the world's second-largest economy.

The leaders of the CPC in the last three decades including the present President Xi Jinping are the supporters of Deng's reform and opening up policy while revering Mao as founder of the party and modern China.CPC in the last three decades including the present President Xi Jinping are the supporters of Deng's reform and opening up policy while revering Mao as founder of the party and modern China.