Peking Review – 1978
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 1978:
Throughout 1978 those ‘capitalist-roaders’ that had gained control of the once revolutionary Communist Party of China further consolidated their power and, the attacks on the so-called ‘Gang of Four’ were put on the back burner and they attempted to justify their restoration of capitalism in the country through a distortion of the Marxist ideology – using Marxism to destroy Marxism (as the Communist Party of China once accused the Communist Party of the Soviet Union of doing).
This blog is not interested in promoting revisionism and the destruction of Socialist societies so the last issues of Peking Review will be the last to be found here. Even the capitalist-roaders in Peking realised this and drew a distinct line with the past by changing the name of the capital city, and the weekly magazine, and so from issue No. I of 1979 the magazine was renamed Beijing Review.
For those interested in the magazine from 1979 can see all issues from 1979 to 1990, and then occasional issues after that date, at massline.org.
- Why did Chang Chun-chiao kick up a fuss over the question of ownership
- Chairman Mao’s letter to Comrade Chen Yi – his letter of July 21, 1965, discussing poetry
- On the situation in China’s science and education
- Initial success in economic construction
- The tasks of continuing the revolution
- Develop productive forces and continue the revolution
- How did Marx and Engels differentiate Europe’s political forces? – answering questions regarding the ‘Renmin Ribao’ article on the theory of the there worlds
- Defence of national independence and the second world countries
- China’s industrialisation: how to achieve it
- To each according to his work: Socialist principle in distribution
- On ‘Grasping the key link’
- Unite and strive to build a modern, powerful Socialist country! – Report on the work of the Government delivered at National People’s Congress on February 26, 1978 – Hua Kuo-feng
- The Constitution of the People’s Republic of China
- Developing advanced military science of Chinese Proletariat
- Basic principles of ‘Manifesto of the Communist Party’ always remain fresh
- Left, Ultra-‘Left’ and Fake Left
- Integrating moral encouragement with material reward
- Refuting a wrong assessment of literature and art
- Speech at the National Educational Work Conference – Teng Hsiao-ping
- Research work in philosophy and social sciences unshackled
- China enters a new period
- Mass organisations reactivated
- History of overseas Chinese and their glorious tradition
- Statement on Vietnam’s expulsion of Chinese residents
- Strive for modernisation of agriculture
- Writers and artists criticise so-called ‘Dictatorship of a sinister line’
- Is Cuba a Non-aligned country?
- Strengthening political work – speeches at the All-army Political Work Conference by Yeh Chien-ying and Teng Hsiao-ping
- China cancels appointment of Consul-General in Ho Chi Minh City
- China’s policy is open, aboveboard, consistent – refuting Soviet slanders on China’s policy towards overseas Chinese
- ‘Talk at an Enlarged Working Conference convened by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China’ – January 30, 1962 – Mao Tse-tung
- A fundamental principle of Marxism
- Learn from Taching Movement surges on
- Why Vietnamese authorities provoked Vietnam-Kampuchea border conflict
- Time will tell the true from the false – ‘Renmin Ribao’ commentator on China’s aid to Vietnam
- Implementing the Socialist principle ‘To each according to his work’
- Heighten our vigilance and get prepared to fight a war
- Cadres are the servants of the people
- A milestone in history of Sino-Yugoslav relations
- The militia’s role in a future war
- Ideological education in a primary school
- Pseudo-Leftism and reality – criticising the ‘Gang of Four’
- Away with cultural autocracy
- Women’s movement in China: guidelines and tasks
- New successes in Socialist construction
- How Marxists look at material interests
- Why China imports technology and equipment
- How to speed up China’s agricultural development
- Learn from Mao Tse-tung – Chou En-lai
- Basic principle for trade union in a new period
- Observe economic laws, speed up the ‘Four Modernisations’
- Can China quicken its pace of Socialist construction
- Glorious mission of the Chinese Youth
- Tien An Men incident: completely revolutionary action
- The truth about the Tien An Men incident
- Vice-Premier Teng on domestic situation
- How do Chinese trade unions function?
- Mistakes must be corrected when ever discovered
- New Hanoi hoax
- Communique of the Third Plenary Session of the 11th Central Committee of the Communist party of China
Available issues of Peking Review:
There’s an index for the first part of the year in No. 26 and for the second part of the year in No. 52.
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.