Will Mao be Purged after the 18th NPC?
The date of the 18th National People’s Congress (NPC)
meeting was decided upon at the Politburo meeting,
and it was announced that socialism with Chinese
characteristics and Deng Xiaoping Theory will be used.
There was no mention of Mao’s theory, causing attention
from the outside world.
Analysts pointed out that the CCP intends to decrease
the influence of the Mao Zedong Theory,
and might completely break from it after the 18th NPC.
They may also re-assess Mao’s crimes.
On September 28, it was decided at the Politburo meeting
that the 18th NPC will be held on November 8, 2012.
Along with the decision, it was stated, “The meeting will hold
fast to socialism with Chinese characteristics,
the Deng Xiaoping Theory, and the Three Represents as guidance.
Thoroughly implement the scientific concept in development."
However, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) usually included
Marxism-Leninism and Mao Zedong Theory, as well as Deng Xiaoping Theory in its official literature.
This time, it did not mention Mao Zedong Theory,
so the outside world feels there will be a change.
Critics believe it may be a signal that the central CCP had
already reached strategic consensus on Mao Zedong Theory.
However, it was also said that not mentioning Mao Theory
was just a tactical action among the anti-Japanese voices.
At the same time, some media believes the CCP will not
try to purge Mao Theory in the near future.
Tie Liu, a renowned writer in Beijing, who had suggested
the CCP get rid of Mao’s body in the memorial hall
and portrait on Tiananmen, hypothesized that the CCP
may break with Mao and re-assess his crimes.
Beijing renowned writer Tie Liu: “The core of Mao Theory
is the three centers – class struggle;
removing the gap between the rich and poor;
manufacturing production by people.
With Mao’s Theory, China will never be in harmony,
but always fighting and struggling.
Mao is the head of evil and crimes in China;
all suffering in China was caused by Mao, who represented one-party dictatorship.”
For a long time, there have been many calls to re-assess Mao.
At the end of August, a number of old intellectuals in Chengdu
published an article that said, “we must purge Mao’s heinous crimes."
These seniors say Mao was in power in the name of CCP
for 27 years, and launched many political movements.
Victims ranged from thousands of people in Hu Feng’s case,
hundreds of thousands of people in the anti-rightist cases,
millions of people in the anti-rightist movement,
to tens of millions of people in 10-year Cultural Revolution.
According to incomplete statistics, Mao Zedong caused
a total of 83 million innocent deaths,
30 million cases of injustice, and more than 300 million
people were attacked in political campaigns.
That is more than the sum of all tyrants’ evil deeds
in Chinese history.
On September 28, Bo Xilai, who represented the Mao leftist
faction, was dismissed from the CCP and his position and handed over to the court.
One crime of Bo was affairs with multiple females.
Some reports said Bo had affairs with over 110 women.
Other reports also said Mao toyed with more women,
and Bo cannot compare to Mao.
Liu Yinquan, host of the Central Committee of the Chinese
Social Democratic Party in USA, pointed out that
Bo emulated Mao in his lifestyle, and also engaged
in movements following Mao’s class struggles.
Liu Yinquan: “After Bo was arrested, Kong Qingdong,
and Sima Nan, people who want money and power,
and worship Bo as their spiritual leader, tried to rescue Bo,
then allowed him power to recover Mao’s leftist dictatorship.
Rhey utilized their resources to incite this countercurrent
to support Mao Zedong and Bo Xilai.”
On September 18, during the anti-Japanese demonstrations
in Beijing and other major cities, their appeared Mao Zedong portraits and banners supporting Bo Xilai.
Liu Yinquan: “Bo might be executed. If so, Mao leftists
will lose their spiritual support and immediately collapse.
With efforts in other areas, it is promising to eliminate
leftist and Bo Xilai’s fascist ideological trends.”
However, commentators also pointed out that whether
it’s the elimination of Mao theory, or political reform, it cannot save the CCP.
Only by purging the CCP can issues in China be resolved.