The 55-year-old German China correspondent for the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Kai Strittmatter's book The reinvention of the dictatorship ("The reinvention of the dictatorship. How China builds the digital surveillance state and thus challenges us") is a must for anyone interested in the development of China. In October 2018, he chose to leave the country. Something had happened to the country he had known for over 30 years.
The author shows in his book how China's growth to its current position in the world has taken place through three stages. First, Mao exterminated the country's internal enemies. This happened, among other things, through the historical events known as "The Great Leap Forward" from 1958 to 1961 and the so-called Cultural Revolution, which lasted for ten years from 1966 to 1976.
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