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Published on Sep 24, 2009
What did Mao Zedong really say on October 1, 1949? History records that Mao uttered the now famous slogan: ''The Chinese people have stood up.''
It's perhaps the most famous slogan on the mainland and those few words nicely sum up the prevailing sentiment at the time: The Communist Party, at last victorious, had stood up to Japanese invaders, meddling western influences and a corrupt Kuomingtang.
But despite what the history books and documentaries teach, those who were in Tiananmen Square on October 1, 1949 say Mao never utter the phrase for which he is credited.