CHINA: Fighting the Factions

Sabotage, strikes, production slowdowns, high living by plant managers —the problems would be familiar in any Western industrial nation. But in China? Yet lately the Chinese press has been full of references to turmoil in the country's factories. Officials have been attacked for their "bourgeois style of living" and "use of materials, money, feasts and beautiful women." The papers have bemoaned splits among workers and disruptive strikes.

The fact that Peking's tightly controlled press is discussing these troubles so candidly does not mean that the country has plunged into a new period...

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