Today, of course, is the sixtieth anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. On 1 October 1949, Mao Zedong mounted the Tian An Men and announced that the Chinese people had stood up.
Above: the Tian an Men (Gate of Heavenly Peace) in the centre of the photograph, taken from the Beijing Hotel in 1981. To the left is Tian an Men Square and the Great Hall of the People, to the right is the Forbidden City.
It’s been a long road since then, and I feel blessed to have been able to participate in at least part of it. But before we lapse into Western platitudes (or even this) there are two things that the Chinese have managed over the last three score.
The first is to become the largest (or soon to be largest) industrial power in the world.
The second is to experience the greatest Christian revival in human history.
Our government and country have accomplished neither in recent years; in fact, we have gone in reverse on both accounts.
The results speak for themselves.