China hawks see echoes of Mao’s Cultural Revolution in American protests

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America faces its own “year zero” and cultural revolution if protesters gain the upper hand in seizing cities and toppling statues, according to conservative leaders meeting to highlight the threat posed by China.

Administration officials, senators, and advisers to Donald Trump gathered at the Trump International Hotel on Monday against a backdrop of violent protests across the country and deep tensions between the United States and China.

Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon said it was time for an “awakening” of the American people while a string of speakers put China’s Communist Party at the center of economic, national security, and cultural threats.

Sen. Marsha Blackburn, who last week published a white paper on overhauling the relationship, said: “The same Marxist philosophy used by the Chinese Communist Party is filling the streets of

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