Preliminary stage (of socialism)
From China Digital Space
chūjí jiēduàn 初级阶段Socialism with Chinese characteristics goes hand-in-hand with this ideological concept. Wen Jiabao penned the article "Our Historical Tasks at the Preliminary Stage of Socialism and Several Issues Concerning China's Foreign Policy" in 2007.
Another old joke is an imagined exchange between the leaders and the people:
"The preliminary stage of socialism is relatively poor; everyone should tighten their belts."
"First, give us belts."
Many wonder when China will be considered to have passed the "preliminary stage." Netizens often quip that police brutality, food safety scandals, and other public mishaps are all just part of the "preliminary stage of socialism." The term is also used in other contexts to mock its absurdity.
Sixiangshijiao (@思想视角): Some of us proclaim the great achievements of Reform and Opening-up in China on the one hand, yet hold up two shields on the other hand. One shield is "China's actual conditions," another is "preliminary stage of socialism." Every time you criticize any negative aspect, the two shields will kick in. (September 30, 2014)
xhyunzhongsanbu (@xh云中散步)：Today I saw two quotes that made me pause for quite long. 1. If we don't want constitutionalism, why did we overthrow the Great Qing in the first place? 2. The principle of distribution under preliminary stage of socialism: to each according to his dad.xh云中散步：今天看到的两句话让我沉默良久。1、如果不要宪政，何必推翻大清。2、社会主义初级阶段的分配原则：按爹分配。[Chinese]