Photo Gallery: China's Mother River
05/31/2012
Parts of far-western China once housed re-education camps for Mao's Great Leap...
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Parts of far-western China once housed re-education camps for Mao's Great Leap Forward. The effort aimed at swiftly industrializing the country, but it ended in catastrophe: Up to 45 million Chinese died of starvation. This photo, taken around 1971, shows Mao in Beijing.