JIANG: strengthened ideological and political work vital
ÁÎ×Ó¹â Henry C.K.Liu ¹ù¤l¥ú
hliu at SPAMmindspring.com
Thu Jun 29 19:40:09 MDT 2000
Zhu is on a European visit. His absence is incidental.
The struggle is very complex. The danger is the meanings of the terms used will
The key is Hu Jintao who represents the next generation.
Henry C.K. Liu
SCMP Friday, June 30, 2000
Senior cadre winning battle for minds
WILLY WO-LAP LAM
Alternate Communist Party Politburo member
Zeng Qinghong has made further gains as the
prime mover behind ideological campaigns and
Speaking at a national meeting on ideological
and political work on Wednesday, President
Jiang Zemin played up the Campaign on the
Three Representatives, a reference to the
party being "representative" of the foremost
economic, technological and cultural forces of
Mr Zeng, who invented the Three
Representatives Campaign with Mr Jiang, has
been instrumental in putting together
ideological campaigns being waged in
individual ministries and provinces.
A party source said yesterday Mr Zeng was
one of a few senior cadres who ruled that
2000 would be "the year for ideological and
The source said the Theory of the Three
Representatives was a development of the late
patriarch Deng Xiaoping's teaching that party
and government policies must be beneficial to
economic growth and to the comprehensive
strength of the nation. But Jiang aides
including Mr Zeng have argued that the Three
Representatives Theory was Mr Jiang's
original contribution to the Marxist canon.
The next ideological campaign will be to extol
Jiang Zemin Theory and to put it on par with
Mao Thought and Deng Xiaoping Theory.
An Asian diplomat said Mr Zeng, also head of
the party's Organisation Department, was
playing a key role in grooming officials for
promotion at the pivotal 16th party congress in
The diplomat said Mr Zeng drafted a speech
that Mr Jiang recently delivered at the Central
Party School on the imperative of cadre
rejuvenation. The diplomat said more
members of this Shanghai Faction, to which
both Mr Jiang and Mr Zeng belong, would be
elevated in the coming years.
In his Wednesday speech, Mr Jiang pointed
out that ideological work must "undergo
renovation and improvement" to keep up with
the times. He also said ideological and political
work must be custom-made for "different
individuals and groups, different policies, and
It is understood Mr Zeng has encouraged Mr
Jiang to at least improve the packaging of
indoctrination campaigns so that they will not
be interpreted overseas as a return to Maoist
Meanwhile, another close Jiang aide who has
responsibility for ideology and personnel,
Vice-President Hu Jintao, does not seem to be
faring well politically. In Wednesday's
meeting, Mr Jiang hardly mentioned the
Campaign on the Three Stresses - a reference
to studying the Marxist canon, righteousness
and being politically correct - which was the
brainchild of Mr Hu.
Mr Hu has also complained to intimates that
Mr Zeng had "monopolised" the job of picking
and grooming young cadres. Given his
background as chief of the Communist Youth
League in the mid-1980s, Mr Hu had
traditionally taken charge of grooming the
party's up-and-coming leaders.
Party affairs in the coming year are expected
to be dominated by the imperative of
consolidating Jiang Theory and personnel
matters relating to the 16th Congress.
Macdonald Stainsby wrote:
> > JIANG: strengthened ideological and political work vital (06/28/2000)
> > Chinese President Jiang Zemin wants the ruling
> > Communist Party of China (CPC) to put more emphasis on socialist
> > ideological and political education to ensure that the country's
> > modernization drive is a success.
> > Li Peng, Li Ruihuan, Hu Jintao, Wei Jianxing and Li Lanqing,
> > members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC
> > Central Committee, attended the conference, which was presided over by
> > Hu Jintao.
> This part is the best news- if pundits are right, Li Peng is one of the
> "left bloc" with the CC, being one of the most powerful disinterested in the
> reforms involving, among other things, the entry into the WTO, than the
> rest. It is also of very good note that Zhu Rongji (sp?) is not on this
> list. Perhaps the leader of the CPC himself is asking some very important
> questions about the future of socialist China should it deepen and add
> permanency to the "Socialist Market Economy".
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