They are reviving Mao as an icon of Chinese supremacy. The cult of personality , the self criticism essays you had to write. But the capitalist and authoritarian march moves forward.
To rule China, you’ve always needed to prove your legitimacy. And also that you were an indigenous ruler. The Mongols even settled in Beijing and had portraits of themselves commissioned as Chinese-looking. Married Chinese wives. Better to rule as a native than a foreign conqueror.
"The plenum therefore also has to acknowledge that the CCP’s street credibility these days comes not from Mao – with his fixation on class struggle and ideological purity – but rather from what the CCP describes as the twin miracles of rapid economic development and social stability."