Chongqing party boss Bo Xilai (薄熙来) scored massive brownie points among conservative party elders yesterday for successfully conducting the biggest ever red song fest. 108 choirs from all across China participated at the event held at the Chonqing Olympic Centre, and the total number of participants and spectators came up to over 100,000.
A week ago, Bo explained the importance of singing red songs as such: “These are songs that have saved the nation, built up the nation and strengthened the nation. Not only have they allowed an impoverished, weak, quasi-colonised and a semi-closed China to establish itself among the great peoples of the world, it has enabled it to become the world’s second largest economy. There are some who say, is this not too ‘leftist’? Is this not a return to the ‘Cultural Revolution’? If only you could be there to experience it for yourself, you would know that that is not the case.”