China's Cultural Revolution, 1966-1969: Not a Dinner Party

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Warehouse Inventory Work in Shanghai--A Survey

Municipal Warehouse Inventory Group

Source: This is a translation of "Guanyu Shanghai shi qingcang gongzuo qingkuang de jieshao" as published by the Chinese Academy of Sciences Revolutionary Committee Warehouse Inventory Office in Yao jieyue nao geming (Practice Thrift While Making Revolution) ( Beijing, 1969), pp. 9-10.


1. Warehouse Inventory Work in the Past: Situation and Problems

In 1966, we carried out a triple checkup [of equipment, materials, and floating funds (liudong zijin) in enterprises and institutions1], and in August this year we also made an inventory of warehouses. In the past, when making warehouse inventories, we employed the same old methods, i.e. mobilizing a handful of people from above to check the records and to produce some figures. It was all very much done in quiet isolation, and the results were neither penetrating nor particularly thorough. Once the figures had been sent to the commodity departments, they would form the basis for comprehensive balancing and overall redistribution, but not many problems were solved. At lower levels, there was always plenty of criticism. The situation was one of overstocked items continuing to fill the warehouses and scarce items remaining in short supply. The masses say: "Warehouse inventory work like that is just a lot of scholasticism." During this year's warehouse inventory in August, many units at lower levels did nothing. Although the commodity departments took limited action, they too were less than committed. In the opinion of the municipal leadership, in this way, work will never really take off. As production reaches and sur-

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Cf. on Central Document Zhongfa [ 1966] 48: "CCP Center and State Council Circular with Comment Containing a Report from the State Planning Commission on Opposing Waste, Practicing Frugality, Embarking upon a "'Triple Checkup,' and Retrieving Scrap Metal" dated 16 January 1966 and summarized in Ma Qibin et al., eds., Zhongguo gongchandang zhizheng sishi nian 1949-1989 (The CCP Forty Years in Power, 1949- 1989) ( Beijing: Zhonggong dangshi chubanshe, 1984), p. 267.

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