CPC still bars business people from party

Mark Munsterhjelm gustav88 at SPAMms13.hinet.net
Wed Mar 7 19:02:40 MST 2001


A couple of years ago in Macau I was fortunate enough to happen upon
some dusty books published by the Foreign Language Press (Peking) in
1976. These were "compiled by the history departments of Futan
University and Shanghai Teachers' University". (note these books didn't
use pinyin romanisation so for example Beijing still was refered to as
Peking). One was entitled the "The Revolution of 1911". Page 1 begins

"At the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, world
capitalism entered upon the stage of imperialism. The imperialist
countries launched a series of aggressive wars for the seizure of
colonies and also waged wars among themselves.

Subjected to aggression and oppression the people found life impossible
and rose repeatedly in revolt. In this tempestuous era revolutionary
flames spread throughout the world, and a period of critical upheavels
began in China's modern history as well. Events of historical importance
crowded this short space of less than two decades: the Sino-Japanese War
of 1894; the Reform Movement of 1898; the Yi Ho Tuan Movement of 1900
and the invasion of China by the combined forces of the eight powers
(Britain, the United States, Germany, Russia, Japan, Italy and
Austria-Hungary) that same year; and finally the Revolution of 1911. All
reflected the sharpening contradiction between the imperialist
aggressors and the Chinese nation. The imperialists continued to expand
their aggression against China and cruelly exploited the Chinese people;
the Chinese people refused to submit and time and again launched
large-scale movements of resistance. In this life-and-death struggle the
reactionary Ching government daily revealed it's odious features as a
servile lackey of the imperialists.

After the invasion of China in 1900 by the allied forces of the eight
imperialist powers, the traitorous Ching Dynasty government, headed by
the Empress Dowager Tzu Hsi, proclaimed publicly that they hoped to "win
the good graces of the powers, commensurately with China's resources."
In other words, they would completely sell out the country and people to
curry favour with the imperialists."[end of excerpt]

 I reckon there are strong parallels with today. WTO accession measures
are already starting to devastate the rural sectors as cheap heavy
subsidised Western agricultural products flood the markets. Then there
are massive layoffs by state owned enterprises. All of this, at least in
part, so export oriented Chinese companies can maintain their lucrative
foreign market access and foreign capital inflows can continue. The
Great Powers of today don't have to send their troops since the PLA and
state security forces do the dirty work for them. Hypocritically the CCP
pledges support for socialism well selling out China to Capitalists.
These books of 25 years ago have an ironically appropriate ring to them,
I wonder if they are still read in the PRC today?

Best regards,
Mark Munsterhjelm
Sanchung, Taiwan
e-mail: gustav88 at ms13.hinet.net

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