Mao Zedong warned Ho Chi Minh of the dictator’s dilemma
in June 1966:
I advise you, not all of your subjects are loyal to you. Perhaps most of them are loyal but maybe a small number only verbally wish you “long live,” while in reality they wish you a premature death. When they shout “long live,” you should beware and analyze [the situation]. The more they praise you, the less you can trust them. This is a very natural rule.