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 overseas Affairs Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Affairs, i'm inevitably excited by the long run function of Communist China in international affairs. a real realizing of Peking's international coverage explanations and targets is feasible provided that one has a grab of the ideological foundations and conflicts of the modern leaders of the chinese language Communist social gathering. Therein lies the price of Professor Yung Ping Chen's revised variation chinese language Political inspiration: Mao Tse-tung and Liu Shao-chi. inside of a compact variety of pages, Professor Chen's publication offers the rt~ader with a transparent and prepared clutch of the basics of Com­ munist chinese language ideology. even if its scholarship is clear, the work's interpretation don't crush the reader with long quotations or confuse him with over the top speculations-difficulties occasionally associa­ ted with books approximately China. in its place, Professor Chen appears to be like to be able to decrease advanced rules to potential proportions. In his revised version, the writer uses resource fabric which lately has turn into on hand outdoors China to elucidate concerns curious about the "Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution." That phenomenon, which has triggered quite a bit ask yourself and hypothesis within the West, is analyzed via Professor Chen. He describes for the reader the underlying ideological elements that have emerged from the nice turmoil in China, putting them inside a framework of established old occasions whereas keeping off the pitfall of never-ending theorizing approximately occasions and occasions inside of China approximately which too little is but known.

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56 60 Liu, How to Be a Good Communist, p. 116. 61 Mao, "The Communist," p. 46. 62 Loc. cit. The peasantry was interpreted as only subject to two-fold oppression (by imperialism and feudal forces) . • 3 V. I. Lenin, "Imperialism and the Schism of Socialism," in his Sochineniia (Moscow: Gosudarstvennoe izdatel'stvo, 1931), XIX, 338. " Mao, Chinese Revolution and Communist Party, p. 24. 6S Loc. cit. 68 Loc. cit. CHINESE CONDITIONS 35 It is interesting to note that Liu, although he fully agreed with Mao in praising the proletariat, failed to point out the weak side of the characteristics of this class.

V. Stalin, "The October Revolution and the National Question" (1918), in his Sochineniia, IV, 166. 20 J. V. Stalin, "Concerning the National Question in Yugoslavia" (1925), in his Sochineniia, VII, 71. 21 V. I. Lenin andJ. V. Stalin, Lun Chung-kuo (Peking: Chieh fang she, 1950), p. 27. 22 Stalin, "Notes on Contemporary Themes," Sochineniia, IX, 333. os Chang Yen, "From Old China to New China," Hsiieh hsi, II, (june, 1950), 9. • 4 Mao Tse-tung, "On Methods of Leadership," (1943), in his Selected Works, IV, 111.

Only the contradictions among • Loc. cit. , p. 7. , p. 9. 26 CHINESE CONDITIONS the imperialists themselves prevented China from falling completely into colonial status. What are Mao's definitions of China's semi-colonial and semi-feudal society? 1. ' The age-long exploiters still at least partially held on to the means of production and refused to yield them completely to other classes, old or new. These were Mao's observations. Though Liu has not made too many known remarks on the social development of China, he has the following to say about the landlord class: As exploiting classes have ruled over mankind for thousands of years, they have not only made themselves extremely powerful in every respect by seizing everything under the sun but have also exerted an extremely bad influence upon the masses of the exploited classes and people in society.

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