Skip to comments.Red Chinese Old Guard Puts Brake on Reform
Posted on 06/25/2003 4:46:44 PM PDT by bruinbirdman
Red China's Communist Party leader has been forced to tone down a key speech in what appears to be conservative resistance to hints of political reform.
The speech by President Hu Jintao, who is the party general secretary, next Tuesday on the anniversary of its founding in 1921, was to include a passage on changes to its constitution and to outline the introduction of some internal democracy at local and provincial level.
Insiders say details were leaked to the press in Hong Kong and abroad and the party became nervous. It feared that he speech would be interpreted as a move towards liberal reforms and as a sign of the political demise of Mr Hu's predecessor, Jiang Zemin.
The speech will now refer briefly to democratisation, but will concentrate mainly on the importance of implementing the decisions of the 16th Party Congress last November, Mr Jiang's swansong as party leader.
It will also prepare the way for a propaganda campaign this year based on the theory of the "Three Represents", Mr Jiang's often ridiculed philosophy under which the party is supposed to represent the interests of all three national elements of society - capitalists and entrepreneurs as well as the working class and intellectuals.
Mr Hu became general secretary of the party in November and president of Red China in March. But Mr Jiang, who came to power after the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre remains political boss of the People's Liberation Army and a power struggle is being fought between the two.
"The situation is now so complicated it is too difficult to talk about," said one internal analyst. "There will be no speedy political reform."
What is this philosophy of 3 represents and where do the army and party leadership fall on the spectrum?
". . . the way for a propaganda campaign ", i.e. commie gobbledegook