It’s no secret that Chinese tech leaders have a thing for stage props, but obviously, some Chinese tech conferences have little sense of what’s in good taste and what’s not.

The organizer of blockchain conference Boao Block Chain Forum for Asia stirred a countrywide outcry after inviting an actor playing Chairman Mao to congratulate and wish the event success at the opening remark, (in Chinese).

In his speech, the typecast actor addressed in Mao’s signature Hunan accent, saying that “I sincerely wish this conference great success… and I want to thank you in the name of Mao Zedong.”

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.