CHINA: Movement Toward Moderation

Since the anti-Lin Piao, anti-Confucius campaign was launched with great fanfare early this year, it has given rise to a number of puzzling events. First "revisionist" (i.e., vaguely anti-Maoist) operas were vigorously attacked, and members of the Politburo were criticized in wall posters. For several months it seemed that Premier Chou En-lai himself was under pressure from leftist factions in the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party. Many observers were predicting that the campaign heralded some major new development—perhaps on the scale of the Cultural Revolution of 1966-69. In recent weeks,...

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