The change- and risk-averse nature of the Hu leadership is … evident from a series of articles recently run by the party journal Guo Feng ("Spirit of the Country") on the secrets behind the staying power of several evergreen political parties in the world. A piece written by theorist Xiao Feng on the Cuban Communist Party heaped lavish praise on how Fidel Castro has stood up to American pressure. Xiao asserted that Cubans had remained strong and defiant thanks to their "firm faith [in socialism] and unyielding spirit." Xiao cited the famous Castro axiom: "We won't change the direction of our ship even if we were to sink into the deep sea." Indeed, in a now-famous internal talk late last year, Hu had praised the Castro and Kim regimes in Cuba and North Korea for effectively preserving the "purity" of Communist ideals. Moreover, a series of ideological campaigns launched this past year by Hu, including a Maoist movement to "preserve the advanced nature" of party members, has been modeled upon the Cuban experience. It is highly doubtful, however, whether the Chinese leadership's ambitious blueprint for socio-economic take-off could ever be attained through wallowing in the mire of old-style CCP norms.What a donkey. As detestable as I find Kim and Castro, at least they actually seem to believe in Communism. Hu just wants to keep his party in power.
Wednesday, October 26
Preserving the "purity" of Communist ideals
In CHINA’S 11TH FIVE-YEAR PLAN: A ROADMAP FOR CHINA’S "HARMONIOUS SOCIETY?", Willy Lam writes,