Peking Review – 1961
Peking Review was the weekly political and informative magazine published between 1958 and 1978. With issue No 1 of 1979 the magazine was renamed Beijing Review, the new name bringing with it a new direction in the People’s Republic of China and was an open statement of the reintroduction of capitalism in the erstwhile Socialist Republic.
Topics and issues addressed throughout 1961 included:
- Sino-Soviet Solidarity
- China-Burma friendly relations
- Hands off Cuba!
- Two stages in Chinese Revolution
- China’s policy of Peaceful Coexistence
- Sino-Albanian Mutual Aid and Co-operation
- China condemns imperialism for murder of Lumumba
- China’s industrial progress
- state-monopoly capitalism of Old China
- 26th World Table Tennis Championships
- commemorating the Paris Commune
- 100 Schools Contend
- the Peasant Question in the Democratic Revolution
- ‘All out support for Cuba!’
- Kennedy lets the cat out of the bag
- State farms in China
- US manoeuvres in South Korea and South Vietnam
- Yugoslav agriculture on the capitalist road
- 40th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party
- Yugoslavia’s ‘Self-management of enterprises’
- fresh victory over imperialism and colonialism
- ‘September 18th’ – Never again!
- Lu Hsun – Great Writer-Revolutionary
- the 1911 Revolution – 50th Anniversary
- US Imperialism – biggest international exploiter
- Tibet forges ahead
- greetings to the 22nd Congress of the CPSU
- heroic Algeria forges ahead
- China stands foursquare behind Cuba
- heroic Albania strides ahead
- China warns against US aggression in South Vietnam
Available issues of Peking Review:
There’s an index in No. 26-27 for items to that time and another in No. 52 for the second part of the year.
From issue No. 1 of 1979 the weekly political and informative magazine Peking Review changed its name to Beijing Review. On page 3 of that number the editors made the open declaration of the change in the direction of the erstwhile ‘People’s Republic of China’.
By stating that the Communist Party of China (under the control then of Teng Hsiao-Ping/Deng Xiaoping ) sought
‘to accomplish socialist modernisation by the end of the century and turn China …. into an economically developed and fully democratic socialist country’
the CPC was openly declaring the rejection of the revolutionary path, which the country had been following since 1949, and the adoption of the road that would inevitably lead to the full scale establishment of capitalism.
For those who would like to follow this downward spiral into the murky depths of capitalism and imperialism in the issues of Beijing Review (complete for the years 1979-1990 – intermittently thereafter) you can do so by going to bannedthought – which also serves as an invaluable resource for more material about China during its revolutionary phase.