Mao Says: "Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom..."
 

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Mao Says: "Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom..."
The Chairman of China's Communist Party, Mao Tse-Tung, delivered a speech in which he stated "Let a thousand flowers bloom, a hundred schools of thought contend". To many observers, these statements seemed to indicate a relaxing of totalitarian rule. Criticism directed against the government soon developed. The government reacted, warning that the critics were 'rightists'.