Chinese Political Thought: Mao Tse-Tung and Liu Shao-Chi by Yung Ping Chen (auth.)

By Yung Ping Chen (auth.)

As a member of the home international Affairs Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Affairs, i'm unavoidably fascinated with the longer term function of Communist China in international affairs. a real figuring out of Peking's international coverage reasons and pursuits is feasible provided that one has a snatch of the ideological foundations and conflicts of the modern leaders of the chinese language Communist social gathering. Therein lies the worth of Professor Yung Ping Chen's revised variation chinese language Political proposal: Mao Tse-tung and Liu Shao-chi. inside a compact variety of pages, Professor Chen's publication offers the rt~ader with a transparent and prepared snatch of the basics of Com­ munist chinese language ideology. even if its scholarship is clear, the work's interpretation don't weigh down the reader with long quotations or confuse him with over the top speculations-difficulties occasionally associa­ ted with books approximately China. as a substitute, Professor Chen looks to be able to decrease complex rules to attainable proportions. In his revised variation, the writer uses resource fabric which lately has develop into to be had open air China to explain concerns interested in the "Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution." That phenomenon, which has prompted lots ask yourself and hypothesis within the West, is analyzed through Professor Chen. He describes for the reader the underlying ideological elements that have emerged from the good turmoil in China, putting them inside of a framework of demonstrated historic occasions whereas keeping off the pitfall of unending theorizing approximately events and occasions inside of China approximately which too little is but known.

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Liu Shao-chi, How to B, a Good Communist (Peking: Foreign Languages Press), 1951, p. 43. , 1954-56), 1,258. • Mao Tse-tung, "On the Tactics of Fighting Japanese Imperialism" (1935), in his Selected Works, I, 154. 10 Mao, ChinlSe Revolution and Communist Party, p. II. 7 CHINESE CONDITIONS 27 relaxed foreign oppression from time to time, and the national capitalistic economy was able to use those breathing spells to develop itself further. The modern Chinese society starting from 1840 was thus a peculiar one.

Y. , 1948), pp. 46-48. "2 ENJ:MIES OF THE REVOLUTION In determining China's enemies in the semi-colonial and semi-feudal era, both Lenin and Stalin defined the feudal landlords and the imperialists as the chief objectives of revolution. However, Lenin, with occasional slight variations, did not consider that these two classes were the basic enemies of the Chinese people throughout the entire era. Instead, he placed his emphasis on the antagonism to imperialism in the so-called first stage of the Chinese revolution.

Mao, Chinese Revolution and Communist Party, p. 20. , p. 21. 38 Mao, "Resolution on Some Questions in the History of Our Party," in his Selected Works, IV, 211. 3' Liu Shao-chi, On the Party (Peking: Foreign Languages Press, 1951), p. 19. , p. 21. 35 38 32 CHINESE CONDITIONS to the thesis generally accepted by Marxists, the peasantry does not constitute an ecanomic class of its own. Marx and Engels saw the peasantry as a transitory social group, because it would gradually sink into the proletariat.

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