“Chinese Tech CEOs Pledge to Walk ‘Red’ Road”

I’m not sure what to think about this one, courtesy of the Wall Street Journal:

A tide of “red” pride sweeping through China ahead of the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party may have reached a new strandline this week, swallowing up several of the country’s tech industry titans.

More than 60 of the biggest names from China’s high-flying Internet sector gathered recently at a museum marking the site of the CPC’s First National Congress on Xingye Road in Shanghai to sing revolutionary songs and attend a Party lecture, according to reports from the state-run Xinhua news agency.

Among those taking part in the tour were some of the country’s most successful private businessmen, including Baidu founder and CEO Robin Li, Sina CEO Charles Chao and Sohu CEO Charles Zhang.

“Walking the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics is the well-spring of strength that will allow the Chinese Internet to continue its healthy and rapid development,” Mr. Li was quoted as saying on Xinhua’s Sina Weibo microblog feed.

On the one hand, it could just be more silly posturing demanded by a government that absolutely loves silly posturing. On the other hand, there’s been an uncomfortably large number of stories about red pride and revolutionary this and cultural that lately. One isn’t left with much confidence that the new leaders in 2012 actually have many good ideas, if this is their trademark so far.

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