Mao Xinyu

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Mao.
Dr. Xinyu Mao
Mao Xinyu
Personal details
Born (1970-01-17) 17 January 1970 (age 44)
Political party Communist Party of China
Spouse(s) 郝明莉 Hao Mingli
刘滨 Liu Bin
Children 毛东东 Mao Dongdong
毛甜懿 Mao Tianyi
Parents Mao Anqing
Shao Hua
Alma mater Renmin University of China
Central Party School of the Communist Party of China
People's Liberation Army Academy of Military Sciences
Profession Historian
Military service
Rank Major General
Mao Xinyu
Chinese 毛新宇

Mao Xinyu (17 January 1970 – )[1] is a grandson of Mao Zedong.


Mao Xinyu graduated from the History Department of Renmin University of China in 1992. He works as a researcher at the People's Liberation Army Academy of Military Sciences, where he completed his doctorate. Among the several books he has written is Grandfather Mao Zedong (Yeye Mao Zedong), published by the National Defence University Press in October 2003.[2]

Mao won promotion to the rank of major general in the People's Liberation Army in June 2009, in a controversial move. According to the Changjiang Daily, Mao is now the youngest general in the PLA.[3]

Mao's promotion was controversial. Some critics described his promotion as nepotism. "To have such an unqualified person become a general in China's military, it's an insult to the People's Liberation Army," said Pu Zhiqiang, a lawyer and human rights activist.[4] By contrast, Bao Goujin, a spokesman for the Academy of Military Sciences, said "his is a natural elevation. Mao's many achievements earned him the right to be promoted."[5] Mao's own view is that "family factors" contributed to his promotion.[6]

He is also a member of the Chinese National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, an advisory group to the central government.[7]

In September 2011 he took up a teaching position at Guangzhou University, teaching Mao Zedong Thought at Songtian Professional College.[8]


His father, Mao Anqing (1923–2007), was a child of Mao's marriage with Yang Kaihui. Anqing served as a Russian-Chinese interpreter for the Chinese Communist Party until he became disabled by schizophrenia.[9] His mother, Chairman Mao's daughter-in-law, was Shao Hua (邵华).

Mao Xinyu has married twice. His first wife was Hao Mingli (zh) with whom he had no children. Mao is said to have loved the beautiful waitress at first sight.[10] The wedding ceremony was held at 16:00 on 7 December 1997, but Hao died in 2003 at Qincheng Prison,[11] an institution well known for its political prisoners. Mao Xinyu remarried in 2003 to Liu Bin (刘滨), who was from Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province and whom he had met in 2000. Mao Xinyu and Liu Bin have one son, Mao Dongdong (毛东东, born 2003), as well as one daughter, Mao Tianyi (毛甜懿, born 2008).

Mao has described his grandfather, Mao Zedong as a "god" and "perfect man".[12] However, in 2013 he said that Mao Zedong had been "put on an altar" but "only by transforming them back into real people can they be understood and accepted by the public, who will then want to learn from them."[13]