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2022: Secretary Xi on Issues for China’s Development

Released now, part of the full text of Xi Jinping’s speech last December on economic development. A patern seen over and over is that major speeches seem to come out first as summaries and only later, perhaps after a process … Continue reading

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Learn from Lei Feng March 5th is Lei Feng Day

Under the leadership of General Secretary Xi Jinping, the Chinese people are renewing their dedication to the spirit of Lei Feng, an exemplary soldier who as boundlessly dedicated to the Chinese Communist Party and the Chinese people. One more sign … Continue reading

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Yu Ruxin: Through the Storm – The PLA in the Cultural Revolution (Excerpt) II

Following when the first excerpt Through the Storm – The PLA in the Cultural Revolution (Excerpt) I left off, here is the second one. Chinese assistance was important for North Vietnam’s air defenses. Many U.S. aircraft were shot down by Chinese … Continue reading

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Yu Ruxin: Through the Storm – The PLA in the Cultural Revolution (Excerpt) I

Joseph Torigian’s interview with “Through the Storm: the PLA in the Cultural Revolution” author Yu Ruixin I found particularly interesting for Yu’s discussion of the difficulties of doing research on the history of the Chinese Communist Party and of even … Continue reading

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2020: Progress in Ideological Work

China scholar Devin Thorne @D_Thorne mentioned on Twitter a recent Chinese Communist Party propaganda work guide. These are interesting for what they stress and even for what they suddenly don’t stress (for the all-too-painfully attuned) — shades of Kremlinology. There … Continue reading

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Xi Jinping: Continue Sinicizing and Adapting Marxism to Our Times

I hadn’t noticed before how General Secretary Xi is talking about the adaptation of Marxism to our times rather than the modernization of Marxism. The implication being that older understandings of Marxism in other times and in other places are … Continue reading

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2007: Red Flag and Preparing the Ideological Ground for the Cultural Revolution

The Cultural Revolution can be thought of as Mao’s revolt against the Communist Party apparatus after Mao himself was marginalized after the famine and other disasters that followed the Great Leap Forward campaign that he initiated in the late 1950s.  … Continue reading

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Han Gang: Restoring the True Hua Guofeng to History

Revisionism was a curse word thrown around during China’s Cultural Revolution. Views of history are constantly being revised to fit the needs of what a new generation wants to know, to meet the needs of a new group of leaders … Continue reading

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1978: Hu Fuming’s “Practice is the Sole Criterion of Truth” and his Retrospective

Nice interview with Hu Fuming, lead drafter of the historic 1978 Guangming Ribao commentary “Practice is the Sole Criterion for Testing Truth” pointing out Mao and Party aren’t necessarily always right. What a heretical thought! During the early post-Mao days after … Continue reading

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PRC Education Reform: Does Xi Thought Now Require Less Xi Thought in Class?

Chinese teachers local eduational authorities and classroom teachers are working out how to implement the Communist Party and central government policy of reducing excessive burden on students (see for example Private Out, State Further “In” as Chinese Education Focuses on … Continue reading

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