Marxist ideology has been in a state of ferment since 1978. The debate on the criterion for evaluating truth in that year sparked off an enthusiastic discussion of Communist ideology.1 That ideological contention gathered momentum as the Party adopted a more liberal attitude on the ideological front at the end of 1978.2 In the ensuing years, China embarked on a process of de-Maoification.3 This gave rise to ideological disputes unparalleled in the history of the People's Republic of China, with regard to duration, intensity and depth. Ideological upheaval can be traced back to 1977, the year Deng Xiaoping was rehabilitated. At that time, Deng disagreed with the 'two-whatevers' policy associated with the then Chairman, Hua Guofeng.4 According to that policy, 'we will____________________
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Publication information: Book title: China's Legal Awakening:Legal Theory and Criminal Justice in Deng's Era. Contributors: Carlos Wing-Hung Lo - Editor. Publisher: Hong Kong University Press. Place of publication: Hong Kong. Publication year: 1995. Page number: 17.
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