Major Doctrines of Communist China

Major Doctrines of Communist China

Major Doctrines of Communist China

Major Doctrines of Communist China

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Although specialists on China face a staggering quantity of published materials written by the Chinese Communists, well-read Americans generally are unaware of these materials and "eyewitness" reporters seem to perpetuate the idea that the Chinese People's Republic represents some kind of mystery about which only they have relevant insights. This book, therefore, seeks to resolve the paradox of superabundant information and widespread ignorance by presenting a broad survey of significant statements that the Chinese Communists have made about themselves and their objectives over the past four decades.

The pervasive nature of politics in mainland China fully justifies a political focus for a volume on Chinese Communist doctrine. Communist political writings cut across the full spectrum of Chinese life, ranging in content from esoteric dogma to details of daily chores of rice farming. Unfortunately, the general assumption that Party documents simply conceal and distort true conditions in China has hitherto led to their dismissal as improper sources for research and teaching. Although many Communist statements are idealized versions of events and social conditions in China, it is in such statements that Party leaders regularly communicate the ideas and policies which obedient cadres—the Chinese leaders at all levels of Party, government, and social organizations—are expected to apply to a wide inventory of routine tasks. Moreover, since 1949, the ideal patterns fashioned by Communist doctrine have rigorously structured Chinese realities, as Party leaders have devoted unusual attention to the attainment of idealistic dreams formed in the earlier years of life-and-death revolutionary struggle.

On most domestic and international questions, the Commu-

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