China Hong Kong – Since the suppression of the Kuomintang in the Chinese Civil War in 1949, the ruling Communist Party has been the creator of modern Chinese history and the creator of myths.
The job of the Propaganda Department is to ensure that the historical version of the party is implemented and supported by the so-called “patriotism education.” Patriotism education has now expanded beyond the classroom. It is also expanding to Hong Kong, a market for a duel version of modern Chinese history that was once prosperous.
“The party regards history as a political management issue, and maintaining the party’s prestige and power is of utmost importance,” the author Richard McGregor wrote in his book “The Party: The Secret World of the Chinese Communist Ruler.”
In the early days of his first term, Chinese President and Communist Party Secretary Xi Jinping declared war on “historical nihilism,” which he defined as any attempt to challenge official accounts of major events in the past.
Thursday, when the party celebrates its 100th birthday, Xi Jinping once again reminded Beijing people of the importance of history.
“Through the mirror of history, we can foresee the future,” he said. “We can see why we succeeded in the past and why we will continue to succeed in the future.”
He emphasized that one of the party’s party-building principles is to “adhere to the truth.”
Zeng Ruisheng, director of the Institute of China Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, said that Xi Jinping “knows that those who control the present should control the past.” “If Xi Jinping and the party can continue to do this, they believe that they can determine China’s future, and the Chinese will accept it, because Xi Jinping’s request of China is the’will of history’.”
Here are four groundbreaking moments in the Chinese history of the Communist Party in the first century, highlighting the gap between official and public accounts:
The Long March (1934-1936)
Chinese version: An epic military exercise, led by the outstanding strategist Mao Zedong, surpassed the encirclement of the Kuomintang army in a situation that has become the myth of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Mao’s Red Army — initially about 80,000 men — travelled from coastal Jiangxi Province across a large swath of the country about 12,500 kilometers (7,800 miles) to establish a new base in the mountains of northwestern China. Along the way, Mao’s heroic fighters attracted the support of the “ordinary” people and overcame huge challenges.
What the CCP did not say: The first few months of the retreat were catastrophic and were ambushed by the Kuomintang early on, causing 15,000 to 40,000 lives lost. Mao was able to squeeze out another Soviet-backed faction in the party and become the undisputed leader of the Communist Party. The dwindling army sometimes resorts to kidnapping—and torturing and executing their captives as “class enemies”.
The Great Leap Forward (1958-1962)
Chinese version: The revolutionary plan of the great helmsman Mao Zedong was aimed at accelerating industrialization in order to defeat major enemies and developed economies such as Britain and the United States. Following the main thrust of Mao Zedong’s thought, the entire people adopted a newly invented method of organization-the commune-which greatly increased industrial output overnight. According to McGregor, author of The Party, this is officially known as “a difficult period that lasted three years.”
What the CCP did not say: Former Xinhua News Agency reporter Yang Jisheng recorded the tragedy in his book “Tombstone.” According to former Xinhua News Agency reporter Yang Jisheng, overzealous cadres hurriedly implemented the plan, and the mistakes they made snowballed into disasters, leading to 35 to 35 to 40 million people died. Utopian communes proved to be inefficient. The large-scale transfer of agricultural labor to small-scale industries disrupted food production. Coupled with a series of natural disasters and the withdrawal of support from the Soviet Union, the plan resulted in not “true communism” but the worst man-made famine in history.
The Cultural Revolution (1966-1976)
Chinese version: Mao Zedong’s last fight was to fight the pro-capitalist conspiracy in the Communist leadership and prevent the party from going astray. Deng Xiaoping, who was purged but became the country’s supreme leader after Mao Zedong’s death in 1976, declared the incident a decade-long disaster. However, Mao’s carefully selected successor, Lin Biao, died in a plane crash while fleeing to Mongolia. The culprit was the Gang of Four of Mao’s widow and long-time revolutionary partner Jiang Qing. TV show trial.
What the CCP did not say: This movement was meticulously planned by Mao Zedong with the goal of eliminating his political enemies, whether real or perceived, and re-implementing strongman rule. Driven by the idolatry of Mao Zedong, hordes of young people joined the Red Guards and devoted themselves to a frenzied and violent campaign against Mao and the Party, which was regarded as an enemy. In colleges and universities across the country, they denounced teachers and principals as “capitalists” or “smelly intellectuals” in so-called struggle meetings. The children opposed their parents, and different factions in the party blamed each other. There are public beatings and mob violence, and even cannibalism. Historians believe that as many as 2 million people were killed in the chaos.
Tiananmen Square (1989)
Chinese version: In a 90,000-word chronicle of the 100 years of the founding of the party, published last month, the incident was described as “certain political riots that broke out in Beijing and other cities as part of counter-revolutionary riots… the riots were suppressed. Make way for continuous reform, opening up, and modernization.” The authorities said that no one was killed in Tiananmen Square. When the tank came in, thousands of demonstrators gathered there. Soldiers armed with bayonets and rifles were sent to demolish the six-week-old. Camp.
What the CCP did not say: Tiananmen Square This is an anti-corruption democratic movement led by university students in the capital and participating in more than 400 city compatriots across the country. It was triggered by the death of the deposed reformist leader Hu Yaobang. Analysts estimate that the People’s Liberation Army killed hundreds to thousands of demonstrators and injured thousands of people while clearing the square.
Al Jazeera reporter Adrian Brown, now based in Hong Kong, was also present. “I saw a lot of things that I will never forget that day,” he said Written in 2019 On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the suppression. “A tank stepped on two flat corpses, a burned army troop carrier and the charred corpses of soldiers inside.” said Wuer Kaixi, one of the student leaders who confronted Premier Li Peng in a hospital gown. , The protesters just want democracy. “We anticipate some bloodshed and maybe be hit by police batons. This is exactly what we expected,” he said. “Live ammunition? No never.”
Mi Ling Tsui of Human Rights of China said that Tiananmen Square has become “Obsessive-compulsive amnesia“.
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