China: A German’s video likens Mao to Hitler, and China wants him punished
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China: A German’s video likens Mao to Hitler, and China wants him punished

When Christoph Rehage, a German writer and online satirist on Chinese affairs, called Mao Zedong “China’s Hitler” in a YouTube video in December, he said reaction became “ridiculous.” An influential Communist Party website called for him to be punished under Chinese law, despite the fact that Mr. Rehage lives in Hamburg. Coupled with events like the recent disappearances of five people connected to a Hong Kong publisher of books critical of Beijing, the episode has raised questions about China’s reach across borders.


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