Letter Accuses China’s Party of Drift – Mark Magnier

The Los Angeles Times reports on a letter signed by 17 former top officials and conservative Marxists who accuse the Communist Party of “going down an evil road”. A scholar of Party history is quoted as saying this may be the first time so many high-ranking people have joined together to speak out:

The letter provides an unusual public view of ideological differences within the party, which generally tries to present a unified front…

The policies advocated by those signing the letter include reversing a law passed this year that allows private ownership of property, abandoning rules that allow entrepreneurs to join the Communist Party, imposing sharp restrictions on foreign investment, putting an end to privatization of state assets and placing a renewed emphasis on Marxist campaigns and education. [Full text]

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