Mao’s Faithful May Be Pulling Xi Leftward

After speculation late last year that Mao Zedong’s legacy was soon to be sidelined, fears about the direction in which “Second Generation Reds” might lead China have returned. From John Garnaut at The Age: In the heady days of the early post-Mao years, as China began opening to the world, a youthful Xi Jinping attended a fortnightly study group with other top leaders’ children to network, enjoy friendship and make sense of the change around them. Mr Xi, now general secretary of the Communist Party, stayed close with the group as they worked the long and sometimes treacherous path towards the apex of the party, as their fathers had before them, and came to identify as Hongerdai, or “Second Generation Red”. […] The Mao faithful are hoping, and liberal intellectuals and private entrepreneurs are worried, that Mr Xi will symbolically foreclose any short-term possibility of political reform by holding a big celebration of Mao’s 120th birthday at the end of this year. “This is a big test,” said He Weifang, a lawyer who was involved in building the political case against Bo Xilai. “This is an important occasion and requires Xi to deliver a speech or make some decision.” At Foreign Policy, Garnaut shows a 2006 photo including the reunited study group which, he writes, “illustrates their dominance over the government and the economy”: In the middle row in a tan jacket stands businessman Hu Shiying, who runs a plethora of official and quasi-official organisations ranging from martial arts to green technology. The convenor of the close-knit study group, Hu is the son of Hu Qiaomu, Chairman Mao Zedong’s main secretary. […] […] Standing next to him is Xi, the son of a vice premier; then Wang Qishan, the son-in-law of a vice premier and a member of China’s top ...
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One Response to Mao’s Faithful May Be Pulling Xi Leftward

  1. Will says:

    For the most part, the Party Princelings assume that by right of birth and upbringing in the Party oligarchy they effectively own China’s government and have a proprietary right to rule in a monopolistic manner, just as their elders did, forever denying China’s populace any say in selecting their rulers through a voting process. Aside from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia the PRC dang tianxia, no other country in the G-20 cuts its populace out of elections for national leaders in this way. Do the Saudis and the Chinese Communist Party elite imagine that they can get away with this forever even in the age of the internet?