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Preliminary stage (of socialism)

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初级阶段 (chūjí jiēduàn): primary stage (of socialism)

The winding road of “socialism with Chinese characteristics.”

The “primary stage of socialism” is a rhetorical device which allows for a redefinition of orthodox Marxist theory, enabling the government to undertake whatever economic policies are needed to develop into an industrialized nation. It permits the reform faction to demonstrate loyalty to Chinese communist ideology while introducing capitalist measures to the centrally-planned economy. Socialism with Chinese characteristics goes hand-in-hand with this ideological concept.

Wen Jiabao penned the article Our Historical Tasks at the Primary Stage of Socialism and Several Issues Concerning China’s Foreign Policy in 2007.

The trouble is, when does the China advance past the “primary stage”? Netizens will quip that police brutality, food safety scandals, and other public mishaps are all just part of the “primary stage of socialism.”