David Bandurski: The Most Uplifting Leftist Harangue in Recent Memory

China Media Project translated an editorial in People’s Daily by General Xu Tianliang titled “Sound Ideological Work Demands Clear Understanding.” From David Bandurski’s introduction:

The editorial — really too important to titter about — was written by General Xu Tianliang (徐天亮), director of the political department of China’s National Defense University, and it appeared in the November 10 edition of the official People’s Daily.

It spoke in grandiose terms about the need for China’s leaders to be “thoroughly vigilant” in recognizing the threat posed by “hostile forces” in the ideological sphere. But more importantly, it was an open challenge to pro-reform leaders on the eve of a critical anniversary next month that will mark 30 years of economic and social reform in China.


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