QUOTE (InitialDJay @ Jul 2 2011, 12:02 AM)
hey gwenty, since you like chinese politics talk... have you watch 建黨偉業?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzhJC0lQCXs
Ha, you're mistaken, I'm interested in geopolitics, more like strategies, even warring strategies, not power politics, which is about personal power and eliminating one's rivals. This film looks like it is about the power figures and their cult status, as well as the ruthless politics at that time in China. I actually dislike most politicians, eg. Mao and Chiang - they are all about their own power, wealth and position. They are cunning, cold-blooded and extremely vicious, that is all. If there's someone from that period I find quite fascinating, it is Lin Biao, 林彪. Yes, I know he is wrongfully treated as part of the "Gang of Four" clique by Deng, but he had a major split with Mao, and his latter years are all about self-preservation, especially as Mao eliminated his comrades and rivals one by one.
His early military career is brilliant, like a modern Zhu Ge Liang - he not only predicted the Sino-Japanese wars, he defeated the Japanese Army in his early 20s, routed the Nationalists (Chiang called him "Demon of War") and correctly predicted several moves by Hitler, including the crossing of the Maginot and the mobilization against Russia. The Russians did not believe him and paid dearly, and they seeked his opinion thereafter. If only the Allieds had seeked his advice against Nazi Germany, instead, he is unacceptable because he's a Red.
Mao really valued his strategic advice, which won the Communists many victories, but also at the expense of a lot of Chinese lives. Lin correctly analyzed Mao's character and predicted his moves, including Mao's move to eliminate him, and almost had Mao killed instead!http://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E6%9E%97%E5%BD%AA
It is amazing that his daughter vowed to clear his name, and to this day, his role in history is still controversial, yet he is undoubtedly one of the most brilliant strategists in Chinese history. The truth of Lin's story is what I would find fascinating, not the ruthless power-mongering and vainglorious self-elevation of these big historic characters.