Mao Zedong and Wang Renzhong Visit 1958 Exhibition of Biogas Uses
Mao Zedong's official photographers captured this image of him with Wang Renzhong, First Secretary of the Hubei Communist Party Committee, at an industrial exhibit during the Great Leap Forward. This campaign (1958-1962) sought to transform the country through rapid industrialization. Exhibits of modern amenities became a staple of Cold War politics. A year after Mao’s tour of the biogas exhibition, evidence of China’s progress toward surpassing capitalist development within fifteen years, Khrushchev and Nixon hotly debated their nations’ technological superiority in a model American kitchen on display in Moscow, a face-off that became known as the "Kitchen Debate."
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Xu Xiaobing and Hou Bo, Lu: Xu Xiaobing Hou Bo sheying zuopin ji [Road: collected photographs of Xu Xiaobing and Hou Bo] (Hangzhou: Zhejiang renmin meishu chubanshe, 1988), plate 68.
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