Peking Review – 1962
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 in 1962:
- China’s gains and new tasks on the industrial front
- what’s up in Laos?
- Anti-Communist outrages of US imperialism condemned
- closer Sino-Albanian ties
- Chinese medicine thrives
- finding natural resources for Socialist Construction
- struggle for Proletarian Leadership in the New Democratic Revolution in China
- US armed intervention in South Vietnam must stop at once
- the Algerian People’s Great Victory
- a decade after land reform
- Latin American peasants on the march
- May Day 1962
- Chinese workers are masters in their own house
- the May Fourth Movement
- Talk at the Yenan Forum – 20th Anniversary
- Democratic reform in Tibet
- small plants make big things
- Chiang Kai-shek gang plots military adventure
- good start in rural electrification
- China greets anniversary of Cuba’s July 26 Uprising
- China proposes speedy discussion of Sino-Indian Boundary Question
- the Chinese Revolution and Armed Struggle
- the farce of Bourgeois Parliamentary Democracy
- against Imperialism, for World Peace
- on relations between Socialist countries
- the hoax of ‘People’s Capitalism’
- nationwide condemnation of U-2 spy flight
- the great success of China’s policy for nationalities
- 13 years of brilliant achievements
- Mr Nehru should pull back from the brink of the precipice
- Hands off Cuba!
- Defend the purity of Marxism-Leninism
- Workers of all lands, Unite!
- The myth of Indian ‘Non-Alignment’
- China backs Patriotic Struggle in South Vietnam
Available issues of Peking Review:
There’s an index for topics covered in the first half of the year in issue No. 26 and one for the second half of the year included in issue No. 52
Supplements to Nos. 47-48 in relation to the Sino-Indian Border Dispute.
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.