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Beijing revises the ‘correct’ version of party history a hundred years ago – Radio Free Asia

The ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has set up a hotline where people report to each other to the government for not following the party’s newly revised line on historical matters.

The Cyber ‚Äč‚ÄčAdministration said in a post on their official Weibo account on April 9 that people should use numbers “to report false online comments regarding nihilism. historyless. “

The move was intended to “create a good public opinion” about China’s history since the CCP took power in 1949, the post said.

To help those who may not be sure which opinion is “right”, the CCP has also published a useful guide in the form of a book with the title A Brief History of the Communist Party of China.

Published to mark the party’s 100th anniversary this year, the revised history captures late Supreme Leader Deng Xiaoping’s cautious diplomatic approach to international sanctions following the Tian massacre. Anmen in 1989, instead highlighted his comments to former US President Richard Nixon in November 2019.

Deng told Nixon that China would never “beg” the sanctions to be lifted, the book says.

The US and Europe imposed arms embargo on China after the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) disarmed civilians with machine guns and tanks during a campaign that ended weeks of supportive protests. democracy on Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989.

The new edition deletes an 11,000-word chapter dedicated to the political turmoil of the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) that brought 10 years of turmoil down to a single page in the chapter titled “Curves and falls. turn on the path of socialist reconstruction. “

The older edition, published under former president Hu Jintao in 2010, says that the late Supreme Leader Mao Zedong was responsible for starting the Cultural Revolution, which turned out to be one ” serious disaster “for the Chinese people.

The latest edition did not criticize Mao as such, instead saying that the late Chairman waged “a relentless war against corruption, privilege and bureaucratic sentiment among the party ranks.”

“Many of his right ideas about how to build a socialist have not been fully implemented, leading to internal instability,” says the new version.

Chapters on the Great Famine of the Great Leap Forward 1959-1961, the collectivization of agriculture under People’s Communes in the 1950s, and on “anti-rightist” political campaigns are often brutally directed at The intellectual world has also been deleted.

Forget the mistakes

CCP history expert Gao Wenqian said that CCP General Secretary Xi Jinping is reviewing the country’s history under the CCP’s rule in an effort to focus his mind on the party’s mistakes and emphasize the positive role of leaders, who rule alone, wield great personal power.

“The Chinese Communist Party’s history has always been an exercise in the realm of politics,” Gao said. “Back when Mao Zedong launched the reform campaign in the Yan’an period … The CCP passed its first historic resolution, to reinforce Mao’s status.”

“Deng Xiaoping also passed a historic resolution in 1981 about Mao’s huge mistakes after the Cultural Revolution, while leaving Lin Biao and Jiang Qing’s anti-revolutionary group quoting.”

“The aim is to gain solid support for economic reform and opening up, as well as to ensure that the party’s rule continues,” Gao said.

The book depicts Mao as a leader whose conscience is constantly aware of the danger of “restoring capitalism”, which echoes Xi’s current campaign against “import” notions of democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

It blamed the Cultural Revolution’s “civil unrest” for not implementing Mao’s “right” ideas, while deleting pages of descriptions of campaigns against the “four old people”, Justice crowds and house-to-house raids, as well as armed clashes between street rebels.

Gao said that Mao’s statement that Mao’s “anti-corruption” campaign was at the heart of the Cultural Revolution was ridiculous.

“Mao Zedong has more power and privileges than anyone else in the CCP, and likewise, Xi Jinping is one of the biggest shields for corrupt officials today,” Gao said. “The party dictatorship is the most corrupt.”

Mr. Gao said: “Xi Jinping is falling into the trap that Mao did in his last years, holding a huge amount of power but still cannot sleep. “Xi Jinping has been in power for 10 years now, so this is not about establishing or consolidating his power.”

“It looks a lot like the tricks Mao used, to protect his personal power and power,” he said.

Maintain pressure

The final chapter of the new edition accounts for about a quarter of the book and is dedicated to Xi’s personal brand ideology, “Chinese-Character Socialism in the New Era”.

“This new edition … is to maintain ideological pressure on the Chinese people,” Gao said. “Back in 1967-1969, we had slogans on the wall … Today, in Cultural Revolution 2.0, we have quotes from Xi Jinping in People’s Daily everyday, and on the streets and alleys. “

“Everyone in China has to learn [this version of] Now it’s party history, “said Gao.” I feel sorry for the kids. “

New emphasis on history comes after Xi said at a meeting on February 20 that the history of the Chinese revolution was the “best source of nutrition” for its people.

“Our beliefs and beliefs are of paramount importance at all times,” said Xi. “Our belief in Chinese communism and distinctive socialism is our political soul and our spiritual rock that will help us as communists. can withstand any challenge. “

“The Party’s century of great struggles and achievements is the best foundation for us to build [self-confidence] as a nation, “he said.

American historian Liu Zhongjing said Xi wanted Marxism-Leninism to be an integral part of Chinese tradition and Chinese culture, just as Buddhism was used to establish dynasties. Tang Dynasty (618-907) and Song Dynasty (960-1127).

“In this way, the new China led by the descendants of Kubla Khan was able to inherit the Tang and Song dynasties, becoming the newly anointed dynasties,” Liu said.

According to Liu, Xi spoke of “beliefs and beliefs” because he was deliberately using political ideology as a new theology to reinforce the CCP in a manner similar to a dynasty.

US-based commentator Hu Ping, honorary editor-in-chief of the online magazine “Beijing Spring,” said Xi’s modified version of party history, in an attempt to draw up the liars of the Mao revolution, while at the same time allowed the capitalist style. economic activity, are trying to take its cake and eat it.

“These two historical periods [presided over by Mao and Deng] is mutually exclusive, “said Hu. If the revolution got it right and the reform era got it wrong, then he should resign. “

“If the reform era has it right and the revolution is wrong, then you should change course.”

Hu said allowing private ownership of the property was contrary to the communist belief on which Xi relied on his political “beliefs”.

“The CCP’s original intention was to eliminate private property rights of property,” said Hu. “After taking over the capitalists and winning, it turned itself into a large capitalist enterprise.”

Xue Xiaoshan’s report for RFA’s Mandarin Service. Translated and edited by Luisetta Mudie.



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