CCTV New Year's Gala - Synopsis and Features - Politics

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Since the early 1990s, the Gala has also contained subtle political enhancements. In at least one program every year, the Communist Party leaders are glorified in one way or another, to the background of a patriotic-sounding song. Displayed every year are images of Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin, and Hu Jintao. In 2007 and 2008, the entire line-up of Politburo Standing Committee members were displayed. In 2011, imagery of national leaders were cut from the show, despite the rendition of a patriotic song that emphasized Hu Jintao's Harmonious Society and Scientific Development Concept ideologies. In 2012 there was even less political content, only a few minor references to "building a strong nation" and the 18th Party Congress. A certain stress has been put on Chinese reunification for many years. National unity is also constantly put into the mix. In 2009-10, a feature for every provincial TV station has been inserted to reflect regional differences and interests. In 2012, the New Year's countdown included the hosts reading out couplets in Shanghainese, Cantonese, and Henan dialect. Programming always includes performers from Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan, usually in songs, and their affiliation with any of these entities were always displayed on screen, although as of 2010 this has been phased out.

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