Peking Review – 1971

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Peking Review – 1971

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.

The issues and topics included in 1971:

  • Advance victoriously along Chairman Mao‘s Revolutionary Line
  • China reaps rich harvest in 1970
  • Attacks by Jordan’s reactionaries must be defeated
  • Struggle in philosophy and class struggle
  • Down with the doctrine of big-nation hegemony
  • Victory for Chairman Mao’s line in Party building
  • US Imperialism widening war of aggression in Indo-China strongly condemned
  • Leading cadres must heighten their consciousness of struggle between two lines
  • Strengthen the Party’s Democratic Centralism
  • Long Live the Victory of the Dictatorship of the Proletariat – in commemoration of the centenary of the Paris Commune
  • First anniversary of the National United Front of Cambodia celebrated
  • Brilliant victories of Three Indochinese Peoples in war against US aggression and for national Salvation celebrated
  • Momentous struggle on the question of identity of thinking and being
  • Revolution means solving contradictions
  • What are the Indian expansionists trying to do?
  • Theory of ‘Combine two into one’ is reactionary philosophy for restoring capitalism
  • Long Live the great unity of the people of the world!
  • The road to revolutionisation – commemorating the fifth anniversary of Chairman Mao’s 7th May Directive
  • Counter-revolutionary features of Wang Ming, Liu Shao-chi and Chou Yang revealed by the play ‘Death of Li Hsiu-cheng’
  • Sharp weapon for criticising idealism – a study of the ‘Preface and postscript to ‘Rural Surveys’
  • No personal income tax in China
  • Guiding principle for knowing and changing the world – a study of ‘On Practice’
  • Blueprint of Japanese militarism to step up arms expansion and war preparations
  • Commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Communist Party of China
  • A just stand, a reasonable proposal – on the 7-point proposal put forward on the peaceful solution of the Vietnam question
  • Tenth anniversary of the Sino-Korean Treaty of Friendship, Co-operation and Mutual Assistance celebrated
  • Follow our own road in developing industry – a story about Taching oilfield
  • Uphold the Marxist theory of classes, criticise the ‘Theory of human nature’
  • Firmly support Samdech Sihanouk‘s just stand
  • China creates Acupunctural Anaesthesia
  • Historic relics unearthed during Great Cultural Revolution
  • Unite the people, defeat the enemy – a study of ‘On Policy’
  • Revolution in education – our experience
  • Continuing the Revolution or restoring capitalism?
  • A criticism of Confucius’ Thinking on education
  • Resolutely oppose US scheme of creating ‘Two Chinas’
  • The nation celebrates 22nd anniversary of the People’s Republic of China
  • Conquering the Yellow River
  • How China develops mechanised agriculture
  • A discussion on Party Democratic Centralism
  • A victory for worlds people, crushing defeat for US Imperialism – PRC the only China representative at the UN
  • Greeting 30th anniversary of the founding of the Albanian Party of Labour
  • Chiao Kuan-hua explains Chinese Government’s principled stand on disarmament at UN
  • Sum up experience in strengthening Party Leadership
  • India’s armed aggression against Pakistan
  • A just cause enjoys abundant support while an unjust cause finds little support
  • Bankruptcy of renegade philosophy
  • Taching oilfield – a new type of industrial and mining area

Available issues of Peking Review:

1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978

There were 53 Fridays in 1971 so there were 53 issues of Peking Review.

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Beijing Review

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.

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