It seems there is something of a power struggle becoming public in the CCP at the moment.
From the various bits of information we get it could possibly be elements of the left wing faction being repressed by the current right wing (dominant) faction.
Apparently this guy is really powerful and some party members have asked Hu Jintao to sack him because he wants to bring about a return to Maoist policies. He was also very friendly with Bo Xilai (another recently purged figure with Maoist sympathies).
I'm not sure what to make of all this. Bo has been described in the Western media as being both a Maoist and the nearest thing China has to a Western politician. (Surely he can't be both!) Also, I am unaware just how "Maoist" these individuals are. Bo's "Maoism" was apparently exemplified by his insisting on the people of Chongqing singing Maoist era songs and cracking down on corruption (through dubious measures by the looks of things). These in themselves are not socialist policies.
Still, it looks like the left wing of the party could be starting to make its presence known.
I'm surprised it's taken this long for this to come up. Fom my research in the issue, I can see that it's more complicated than comes up in the mainstream media.
For a start Bo Xilai was originally connected to the Right Wing of the Party against the more Left and moderate factions such as Hu Jintao's. Why he enacted some broadly Leftist reforms while in Chongqing is a bit of mystery. What we do know however is that he's probably not a true Leftist. I get the impression that he's more of a Social democrat with a personality cult fetish. Not everything he perued was Leftist in nature. For example, he was pretty rigorous in supporting business deals which you'd associate more with a Right leaning politician.
Ultimately this whole issue seems to be more complicated than it first appears. I'm still looking into it myself. While I'm sure there is some factional politics going on here, I don't think it's necessarily the evil Right wing supressing the Left, more like a crack down on percieved curruption and poor conduct, which I can't fault the CPC for.
This isn't to say the Left leaning factions aren't gaining in strength and making their presence known or that the Right doesn't feel threatened by it however.
Infighting within a bourgeois party of the Chinese national bourgeoisie. Nothing to see here.
If China is to turn red, it's going to be through a popular revolution, not some party intrigues.
Last edited by Loz on 19 May 2012, 00:19, edited 1 time in total.
Yes ok Mr ultra sectarian. Move along then. This kind of self imposed ignorance makes me sad. You really have no idea about China or its people.
Oh, wow, more + Points for unprovoked personal attacks.
Extra ++ Points for a great and well thought out argument you're made here!
Now go ahead and substantiate your "argument" with some facts and Marxist theory.
Do you know what this logical fallacy you've just commited here is called?
But that's what you've being doing.
Yes, that's an awesome argument you made.
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