CHINA: No to Maoism

New voices of dissent

Tens of thousands of Chinese solemnly gathered around a newly opened marble and granite mausoleum in Peking's T'ien An Men Square last week, honoring the memory of Mao Tse-tung on the first anniversary of his death. Although they joined in the tributes, Peking's new rulers also issued a discreet warning against exaggerated respect for the late beloved Chairman. In a Red Flag article broadcast by Peking radio, Politburo Member Nieh Jung-chen argued that Mao's thoughts should be used as a general guide to the solution of China's problems, not followed slavishly. Nieh said, "All correct ideas are...

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