The Coverup of the CCP’s History
The Chinese communist regime is not legitimate. From the time the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) came to power in 1949 up until today, between 65 and 80 million people have been killed or died unnatural deaths at the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.
The regime knows it is not legitimate, and thus the desire to ever tighten its grip on Hong Kong, religious freedom, and its Tibetan and Muslim minorities.
Even after 70 years in power, the government still does not trust its own people. There is no freedom of speech and information in China. Chinese people do not have access to “State secrets” – the Chinese Communist Party’s killing history.
Today, I want to introduce the leaked internal minutes from a discussion of a speech delivered by Xi Jinping at the Education and Research Department of the Central Party School on July 24, 2010, prior to Xi’s ascendency to PRC President and CCP General Secretary. The moderator of the discussion is Vice President Shi of the Central Party School. Participants included 14 professors and doctorate advisors.
In the discussion, the panelists displayed their grasp of the “spirit of Xi Jinping’s words”, which lay out justification for the limits placed on the officially sanctioned public understanding of the CCP’s history. But at the same time, their narration leaked some “state secrets” of the Communist Party’s history that ordinary people are not allowed to know.
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Vice president Shi started the meeting and said: Our university president, Politburo Standing Committee member, and Vice President Comrade Xi Jinping’s speech at our campus was extremely important. It pointed out the direction and the formulation of principles for our future Party history teaching and research, for publicity and publication as well. For our future path, we must have a clear direction, we must abide by the principles and take the right path. Everyone knows, over the past year, there has been some confusion over how to handle questions about the history of the Chinese Communist Party, mainly about whether or not to clarify some controversial issues in history, how to evaluate the controversial issues, what can be referred to while teaching, what can be divulged to the public, what can be published, whether our faculty members have access to confidential archives, whether the implicated parties are allowed to be interviewed, what can be used for scientific research topics and considered as research results and linked to personal professional titles and salaries, etc. I think President Xi’s speech has basically solved these problems. Our work is to unswervingly safeguard the Party’s interests and support the Party’s leadership. We must do everything based on these two points. We must resolutely refuse anything– not to think, to say, to write or to do anything – that degrades the glorious image of our Party.
Comrades, please share your thoughts.
Prof. Luo: I firmly endorse the spirit of Comrade Xi Jinping’s speech, especially because our Party school is not an ordinary one, it is the Central Party school. Our students are not ordinary students, they make up the backbone of our Party. Our task is to make these students the nucleus of the backbone, and to make them believe that our Party has always been standing for the Three Represents since the day it was founded, and that it has always been correct in directing the development of the nation for the past 80 years. This must not be vague at all. If a student asks certain historical questions, especially about some negative things, how do we respond? I think we can respond that it’s due to someone’s mistakes, it happened temporarily at that special time period. Our Party has also been through a learning process. We must also stress that opportunists and overly ambitious members might have once interfered with the great direction of our Party, but we have defeated them. Our victory further indicates the great glory and correctness of our Party.
Prof. Wang: Some historical materials of our Party definitely cannot be made public to the common people. Why? Isn’t there a saying that the masses have the “right to know”? Yes, that is one aspect. Another aspect is, our Party also has the right to confidentiality. All countries and parties have secrets that cannot be made public, and moreover disallow inquiries. While individuals have the right to privacy, the Party also has the right to privacy. That right cannot be infringed upon. If some of our Party’s secrets are made known to the ordinary people, it will definitely cause ideological confusion and lead to doubt over the legitimacy of our Party’s power. That would become a chaos. Once there is a chaos, how can a society be harmonious, how can the economy develop, and how can the livelihood of people be improved? The clearest example is the turmoil in 1989. We of course can’t talk about it anymore, because it can’t be explained clearly. Insisting on speaking of it will only peel the scars, which may hurt and bleed. We didn’t speak of it. Look at how well the development has been in the past two decades. Parents don’t talk about it, schools don’t talk about it, so our young people don’t become aware. This is good for everyone. Also, during the three difficult years in 1959, 1960, and 1961, if you officially tell the commoners that 38 million people died of starvation and thousands of villages became uninhabited villages during the period when our Party was in control, it would be dreadful. More Chinese were killed in starvation than by the Japanese, even more efficiently, easily, and without losing soldiers. After the mass learn the truth, they can’t accept and there will be rebellion. Therefore, we say that Party history must have a bottom line. If you cross the bottom line, you break the rules and must be punished. This is what Comrade Xi Jinping meant in his address.
Prof. Ren: I just don’t understand why some people always attempted to clarify historical matters of our Party with their own conclusions in publications and lectures. We say you must look forward and stop getting entangled in history. Don’t speak, it is better for everyone. Chinese people are smart, and one manifestation of their intelligence is to recognize a truth – “sometimes better not to get to the bottom of the truth”. All leaders, doctoral supervisors, and professors present here, we are the teaching and research personnel of our Party history in the Party school. Our interests are inseparately linked with the interests of the Party, a glory for one is a glory for all, a loss for one is a loss for all. We all have spiritual wealth, senior titles, and social status. Our material wealth has also substantially increased compared to 20 years ago- housing, cars, home appliances, holidays, medical insurance, savings, ample food and clothing, retirement benefits. Many of us have houses ready for children and even grandchildren. If you die, your work unit will cover your funeral service. I have been abroad and have been to developed countries. Our material life here is no less than in other countries, all thanks to our Party, to which we are inseparably linked, as close as fish to water. It’s nothing but not talking about some matters in history, right? Weigh the pros and cons, it’s better not to bring it up. Premier Zhou (Enlai) once said that there are some internal Party things that can’t be discussed till after death. Insist on talking about negative things in Party history is like shooting yourself in the foot and messing up the minds of the masses. Once there is confusion, everything is finished, just as it was during the Cultural Revolution. So, we must not just speak casually. This is also in line with the interests of the broad masses. In fact, the masses don’t need to know everything about the Party’s history. Let’s not fake our passion.
Prof. Guo: Let me just bring up the case of the War of Resistance Against Japan. We have known for decades and generations that our Party launched the Long March in 1934, climbing the snow-capped mountains and crossing the grassland in order to going north and fight against the Japanese. After arriving in Shanbei, the Party became the cornerstone of the War of Resistance Against the Japanese. Under its leadership for eight years, people across the country defeated the Japanese invaders. We have also condemned the Kuomintang (KMT) government, as said in the lyrics of ShaJiabang, the Peking opera, that “KMT reactionaries betrayed the country and sought for glory. They did not resist or falsely resist Japan, but truly opposed the Communist Party.” These have been deeply rooted in the hearts of the Chinese people, and people all over the country believe in this propaganda. However, some Party history teachers and researchers have somehow got access to the Party’s decision at the 1937 Luochuan meeting in Shanbei. At that time, our Party formulated a strategic policy during the War of Resistance against Japan, that is, stay out of large-scale frontal conflicts with the Japanese army and preserve our strength and expand our force, letting the KMT fight with the Japanese. After both sides were injured and after waiting till the Japanese withdrew, the Communist Party was able to take the opportunity and seize power throughout the country. Chairman Mao clearly stated the following two points when the Japanese Prime Minister visited China in the 1970s. First, without Japan’s invasion of China, the CCP would have definitely been wiped out by the KMT. When the Japanese came, the KMT had to deal with the Japanese and did not have extra strength to fight us. So, we were able to expand and seize power. Second, we want to thank Japan for its invasion of China. Without Japan’s invasion of China, there wouldn’t be a CCP today, so our gratitude is sincere. Think about it, can these two things be casually publicized, letting the commoners know? If we do, the commoners will say that the Communist Party has played a role in a conspiracy and deceived the people of the whole country for decades. Are there more secrets that the CCP has hidden from us? Therefore, what should not be talked about must not be talked about, and what should not be acknowledged must not be acknowledged.
Han: Some people say that the 30-year Party history during 1949 to 1979 is very difficult to discuss. I share the same idea. We need to promote the great glory of our Party, but there are not many good things that can be publicized during this period. But as long as we study hard and deeply comprehend the spirit of President Xi’s speech, it won’t be that hard to accomplish this task. We are not officials and we do not have the executive power in the Party and government. When you have such power, people will have to believe what is said whether or not they truly believe it or agree with it. As teachers and mentors, we must have confidence in ourselves in order to convince people with reasons. We have gone through so many ups and downs, but we are still here. Follow the trend and keep up with the times. We are able to become today’s professors and doctoral supervisors, indicating that we have the ability to adapt to the new circumstances, accomplish new tasks, and write persuasive articles and teaching modules. Another advantage we have is that our students are the best among Party cadres who have received the essence of the Party during years of education. They understand discipline, to be consistent with the Central Committee, especially the guiding ideology. They will not be drawn to misguided practices and ideas. They listen to what we say, and they won’t give us any trouble.
President Xi asked us to stick to the mainline in Party history. What is the mainline in the three decades from 1949 to 1979? That is, we had adhered to the path towards socialism, to the Party’s leadership, to Marxism-Leninism, and all the people across the country were united as they followed the Party without division. And we had overcome unimaginable difficulties and laid the foundation for rapid development in the past three decades. Following this mainline, there will be no problems and no refutations. Specifically, everyone here has extraordinary brains, so I believe everyone can handle it well.
Hu: Two years ago, I saw an article attacking our Party, saying that the Party relied on guns and pens to seize power and to maintain power after our Party came to power. According to the article, the guns were used to suppress the spontaneous movement of the people, and the pens were used to spread rumors, to distort, to cover up the truth of history. Which country does not rely on guns to maintain its power? Police in the Western countries all carry arms. Police are used instead of the army to maintain power. Our police do not carry arms and we use armed police or the army in times of crisis, which is essentially the same. As for the pens, I think they are more important than the guns today. Our country is different from the Western countries where people have formed a habit over the years, involuntarily accepting the words of politicians and the viewpoints of various publications. Everyone can speak freely. No matter how bad you talk about the ruling party, they will remain in power until the next election. No matter how well you think of the opposition party, they can’t come into power till the next election. Our national conditions are not the same. During the years after the founding of the People’s Republic of China, regardless of what our Party said, the common people all believed it to be true. If anyone said that the Party had made a mistake, the whole country would condemn him and punish him. This was the success of our propaganda work, the effect of the pens. This is the tradition that we cannot discard.
Nowadays, ordinary people still believe but they believe credulously. What do they easily believe? They believe in any information that is unfavorable to our Party. And the information spreads quickly, one commoner will pass it to ten, then ten to a hundred, and then make it into a rebellion. Thus, there is no need for the government to disclose some internal information. As long as a professor or a celebrity cites a few negative examples, everyone believes them. The bad effect caused by one sentence of one person cannot be restored by explaining with a hundred sentences. Under such circumstances, we can’t let people know anything in our Party history that have never been publicly acknowledged. If you admit to one, they will come up with ten more, and you will be in an awkward situation. As the saying goes, “Good news never passes the gate while bad news travels far and wide.” As soon as you talk about such things, you won’t be able to end, and in the end it will become a disaster. Therefore, I fully endorse President Xi’s speech, the spirit of which tells us to say what must be said, and not to say what shouldn’t be said.