The Common Program of the People's Republic of China 1949-1954


After the fall of the empire in 1911, many intellectuals are searching for an alternative for Confucianism. Confucianism was the ruling ideology of the empire and with the end of the Qing dynasty, a lot of intellectuals also declared Confucianism bankrupt. Cohen (1991) describes: "The very fact that for elite and ordinary people alike being properly Chinese involved acceptance of an all-encompassing cultural arrangement led to a major crisis in self-identification, first among the bureaucratic and scholarly elite, with the onset of the assault by Western powers in the nineteenth century. For an increasingly large number of people Chinese culture simply did not work, for as a self-centered definition of the cosmos rooted in its own history it had little relevance to the unprecedented conditions created by Western domination and the large-scale introduction of new technology, institutions, and ideas." “Some of them demonstrated their loyalty to the old system and protested against change by ending their own lives. Unable to compromise, for example, one of the best historians,
Wang Guowei,
Wang Guowei (1877-1927) Historian
followed the ancient ritual of committing suicide in 1927”.
Lee (1991) estimates the total number of intellectuals in 1949 very low. "The number of available intellectuals was also very small: China had produced only 210,000 college graduates between 1923 and 1949, and only 10,000 of these had studied abroad."
These academics are searching for a new philosophy. Some chose Marxism, other the three principles of Sun Yatsen, or some kind of liberalism. In their pursuit for a new ideology, they look everywhere. In 1936, Mao Zedong told the American Snow in an interview: "At this time (1918) my mind was a curious mixture of ideas of liberalism, democratic reformism, and Utopian Socialism. I had somewhat vague passions about "nineteenth century democracy," Utopianism, and old-fashioned liberalism, and I was definitely anti-militarist and anti-imperialist."
Philosophers

Mao Zedong was not alone in his wandering. "While many on the left professed sympathy for the embattled CCP, if not joining the party altogether, broad segments of China’s modern intelligentsia struggled to find political cognates for their literary or critical agendas. Some intellectuals decided to side with the new government; others resorted to quiet university campuses, particularly those operating from the deposed imperial capital Beijing. Liberal writers and thinkers wavered between conscious distancing and equivocal cooperation in their interaction with the political center. On one hand, subscribers to European Enlightenment ideals like reason and liberty were naturally uncomfortable with the GMD state’s authoritarian tendencies and intolerance towards intellectual dissent. On the other hand, prominent liberal writers and thinkers’ non-alignment often gave way to reluctant endorsement of the conservative revolution at crucial moments during the Nationalist reign."


Some scholars followed the thinking of
Sun Yatsen
Sun Yatsen (1866-1925) He is known as the father of modern China. Influential in overthrowing the Qing (Manchu) dynasty (1911/12), he served as the first provisional President of the Republic of China (1911–12) and later as de facto ruler (1923–25). All contemporary sources attribute to him a magnetic personality, a great capacity for tolerating others’ weaknesses, a singular dedication to the pursuit of power, and a knowledge of the West unequaled by that of any of his political rivals. Perhaps the last factor is the most important, for it is this that set Sun apart and made him the symbol of Chinese modernization. Quite fittingly, the Chinese communists call him “a pioneer of the revolution.” https://www.britannica.com
"The merging of Chinese and non-Chinese elements in Sun’s theories should not be surprising, since his whole political activity was dominated by a struggle between remaining true to Chinese values, and at the same time seeking for foreign material support, from America and Europe first, and from the Soviet Union then, when he realized that the Soviets’ hopes for an international revolution had turned to China (which Lenin had for a long time felt interested in), thus understanding that he could obtain from them that backing he had hoped for but did not see coming from the West."
Wang (1966) poses: "The only teaching with even limited popular appeal was the
Three Principles of the People
Three Principles of the People. Political document of Sun Yatsen The first principle, minzu zhuyi, or nationalism, earlier had meant opposition to the Qing (Manchu) dynasty and to foreign imperialism; now Sun explained the phrase as denoting self-determination for the Chinese people as a whole and also for the minority groups within China. The second principle, minquan, or the rights of the people, sometimes translated as democracy, could be achieved, Sun explained, by allowing the Chinese people to control their own government through such devices as election, initiative, referendum, and recall. The last principle was minsheng, or people’s livelihood, which is often translated as socialism. This was the most vague of the three principles, but by it Sun seemed to have in mind the idea of equalization of land ownership through a just system of taxation. After the Nationalist-communist split in 1927, both Mao Zedong and Jiang Jieshi claimed to be carrying on the true spirit of the Three Principles of the People. https://www.britannica.com
of Sun Yatsen. But this doctrine was less ethical than political, suffered from numerous inconsistencies, and above all, despite formal promulgation, was ignored by the Kuomintang government. There was thus nothing in Chinese life to serve as a standard of values, and under such circumstances it is hardly conceivable that the intelligentsia could have had the same."


Given the characteristics of Marxism, the failure of the Three Principles and the failures of the GMD government: "Given China's sorry conditions, there seemed little chance of establishing liberal institutions, and for many liberals-some of whom joined the party-the CCP, despite certain undemocratic ways, seemed the best hope for the realization of any liberal values at all. More abstractly, Marxism, itself a species of scientism, could be construed in the pre-Liberation period as the most advanced, up-to-date version of science and democracy, fitting rather comfortably with the intellectuals' implicit view of democracy as government more for than by the people."
In 1945, the literati see the attempts of the GMD to alter China as a fiasco and they expect the CCP to succeed. In 1940, Mao Zedong makes this analysis in his
On new democracy
On new democracy” January 1940
"In China, it is perfectly clear that whoever can lead the people in overthrowing imperialism and the forces of feudalism can win the people's confidence, because these two, and especially imperialism, are the mortal enemies of the people. Today, whoever can lead the people in driving out Japanese imperialism and introducing democratic government will be the saviours of the people. History has proved that the Chinese bourgeoisie cannot fulfil this responsibility, which inevitably falls upon the shoulders of the proletariat."
Marxism is certainly attractive to the intelligentsia. "An obvious fact is that up until 1949, those intellectuals who identified themselves with Marxism still constituted but a very small proportion of the intelligentsia as a whole. During the 1940s, those within the intelligentsia who became dissatisfied with the existing GMD regime saw their numbers rapidly increase, but those who threw in their lot with the CCP as far as politics and thought are concerned were still very few in number."
However, the decision of Jiang Jieshi in 1947 to ban several Minzhu Dangpai drives most of them to the CCP. "The years 1946 through 1949 saw students and young people in general turning away more and more from the KMT and joining Communist or pro-Communist organisations. As the areas under Communist control steadily increased, the Communist authorities moved ever more positively in the organisation of youth into various groups, even as ever more youths were drawn into the Communist orbit. KMT attempts to gag or control youths by harsh and violent means resulted often in the mass flight of students or other groups of youths to the Communist areas."


Soviet Union in Northeast China

As can be seen in Part 4 , many members of the Minzhu Dangpai are also members the CCP or they have a positive attitude towards the CCP. They look at the developments in the Soviet Union with admiration. Once a backward country, it is now trying to develop with communist experiments to a modern state. Chinese intellectuals look at Marxism as an ideology whereby the backwardness of China compared to other countries through targeted political and economic measures can be overtaken or even reversed to a head. There are also negative feelings about the SU. In the past, there have been many wars between China and tsarist Russia, and in the recent past SU troops occupying Manchuria, misbehaved regularly to the Chinese population and plundered the industrial complex of the Northeast.
Yu (2005) remarks: "Not only did the ordinary people feel like this; even rank-and-file CPC members in the region found it puzzling and disappointing. The Soviet troops were Communists like themselves: why did they monitor, check and obstruct the Chinese Communists at every turn? 4 On the one hand, the CPC was confronted by popular ignorance and even antagonism with regard to the Soviet Union; it needed the Soviet Union as a concrete exemplar of the achievements of socialist construction in order to make the great masses of the people understand what the socialist China of the future would be like. Consequently, promoting the Soviet Union and urging the nation to learn from it became top priorities for the CPC after the establishment of the PRC."
Murray (1995) cites
Wu Xiuquan
Wu Xiuquan (1908-1997) also known as Wu Shouquan. Diplomat
’s memoirs: "… an exchange between a Soviet Military commander and Peng Zhen, the head of the CCP’s Manchuria bureau, in which the Soviet ordered the CCP to evacuate the city of Shenyang and added “if you do not leave, we will use tanks to drive you out.” Peng Zhen purportedly responded, “the army of one Communist Party using tanks to drive out the army of another Communist Party! Something like this has never happened before. Can this kind of action be acceptable?"


The Minzhu Dangpai have some commonalities as well as differences. Many have studied in the US, western Europe (England, France and Germany), and others in Japan. The western educated believed in constitutionalism, parliamentary government, individual freedoms and loyal political parties; however, they are also adepts of Confucianism. There were politicians who studied in the West, but had different opinions; like communism, socialism and anarchism. For all of them, democracy was not self-evident, not in China and in the rest of the world during the interbellum.
All politicians were members of the educated elite and quite a few were educators (for example Zhang Junmai, and Luo Longji). They believed in the power of education in a climate of political reforms. They had all in common a strong nationalism (except the anarchists). They also believed in the power of the written word to influence the public opinion through the publication of newspapers (Xin Lu, Dengda, and Yishi Bao)
During the 1930’s, and 1940’s several political leaders try to establish an intermediate position between the CCP and GMD. Two parties, which can be mentioned a third force in China, are the Chinese Youth Party and China Democratic Socialist Party. The Chinese Youth Party was founded on December 2, 1923, in Paris. They opposed the CCP, but they also opposed the GMD because this party advocated a one-party state. "Like Sun Yat-sen, Chiang took the subordination of the individual even further by identifying the GMD with the state, which meant the individual was inferior to both state and Party. ...In view of this approach, there was obvouisly no room in Chiang's thinking for opposition parties. It was the duty of all citizens, he believed, to join the GMD"
The CYP considered itself a conservative parliamentary democratic party. It was the largest party after GMD and CCP. They cooperated closely with the CDL however, when the CDL became pro-CCP after the war this cooperation ended. After 1949 the leadership and members left the mainland. The same happened to the leaders and members of the China Democratic Socialist Party. This party was founded on August 14, 1946 and was formed through the merger of the former Chinese National Socialist Party and the Democratic Constitutionalist Party. Both parties were not invited to join the CPPCC. Like all other minor parties, the fatal weakness of the third forces up to 1949 was the lack of an armed force. See below
In October 1948
Luo Longji,
Luo Longji (1896-1965) Between 1920-1930 he published a number of articles on human rights
a leader of the CDL tries in a last attempt to create a third party and he "...wrote a letter containing a series of proposals to the Communist Party, of which the gist was: 1) At home, they should implement a parliamentary system of government; 2) Abroad, they should adopt a policy of ‘harmonious diplomacy’ (i.e., they should have an equally friendly attitude to the United States and the Soviet Union); 3) The Democratic League should be free to be a legal opposition party; 4) Communist Party members within the League should make known their identity, to avoid overlap between Communists and League members." He did not get any positive response.
"In the end, then, these parties and groups existed at the sufferance of the GMD and the CCP. During WWII, circumstances forced the former to tolerate the minor parties. During its climb to power, the CCP pursued a UF (united front) policy with these parties, only to crack down on them, after the founding of the PRC, in the Anti-Rightist movement in the late 1950s. At the end of the Republican period, these men were forced to choose between following the GMD to Taiwan, staying with the CCP on the Mainland, or joining the Chinese diaspora. Those who stuck to the middle way courted the hostility of both sides. In short, there was a polarization of politics, which fostered not only the repression of those who disagreed with one but of those who failed to attack the enemy. In both Taiwan (until recently) and the PRC, as before 1949, the minor parties lived on at the sufferance of the rulers and were financially dependent on them."


Most of the literati share the same view about government: "The state as a positive good was shared across the political spectrum. Indeed, statism was an important feature of modern Chinese political thought. Almost no intellectual, not even the most liberal of the liberals, favored the minimal state, because such a state was unsuited to China’s conditions in the absence of a liberal order and a strong bourgeoisie. On the contrary, a strong state – a government with wide powers and with a plan, a technocracy and an elite leadership – was sought as the antidote to China’s political, economic and social ills. A strong state could hold the country together, develop the economy and resist foreign aggression."
Even the American academics schooled are proponents of planned economy. The sociologist
Fei Xiaodong
Fei Xiaodong (1910-2005) Professor in sociology and anthropology. 1951 He was vice president of the Central Institute for Nationalities in Beijing
educated in the US has the opinion: "Democracy required balloting, vigorous election campaigns, and a loyal opposition. Since none of these existed in China, Fei did not believe that the Communist party would put democracy into practice. When he discerned elements of dictatorship in the new government after liberation, he doubted that it could be at the same time democratic, since he held democracy and dictatorship to be incompatible."
He changes his mind after his participation of the plenum. He thinks the delegates to be representative of the entire population and to be more "…truly representative than any elective body he had observed in either the United States or Britain." He is very optimistic about the future. "The Conference in Peiping is only the starting point of democracy in China"
The well-known philosopher
Feng Youlan
Feng Youlan (1895-1990) Philosopher. 1949 He came back to PRC from the US
, who is not a delegate, writes Mao Zedong in 1950 that he does not want to be on the margin and he “Unwilling to be a remnant of a bygone age in a time of greatness’ and offering voluntarily to participate in the remolding of his own ideas. Mao Zedong replied immediately welcoming his decision. Subsequently Fung (Feng) went to a village and participated in the land reform work for a period.” During the land reform, many intellectuals go to the rural areas, a place most of them never have been. In her autobiography
Frances Wong
Frances Wong (1923-) She went to the mainland with her husband against the flow of the mass exodus in 1949 to help to build a new China
born in Hong Kong writes about her motives to go to China:
“In 1949, shortly after the Communists took over the reins of mainland China, I went back to Guangzhou… I walked all the way for seven days. Why did I go back to China at a time when millions were fleeing the country? Would I do it again if I could relive my life once more? Those were questions many friends have asked me. I suppose when I was in my twenties, I was naïve, adventurous, romantic, a little patriotic and also primarily, because my husband decided to go and I thought it was my duty to go with him…By this time a conviction had been well established in our minds. The Kuomintang was corrupt and decaying. Only the Communists could save China, and we were ready to work under the Communists and do whatever we could for our country.”


In contrast to the CCP and GMD, the Minzhu Dangpai has no army. They were not pacifists; they supported the war against Japan and often supported one of the parties during the civil war. They allied even with warlords. The lack of funds and fear of repression of the GMD were the main reasons why the Minzhu Dangpai did not have armies. Most of them were intellectuals and had no connections with the military and relied on their pen instead of the gun. Unlike, the CCP and the GMD, the Minzhu Dangpai lacked a tight organization. The political power of the Minzhu Dangpai is very limited, the only way to gain some political influence is to ally with the GMD or CCP.
Qing (2007) texts Li Jishen saying to
Zhang Dongsun
Zhang Dongsun (1886-1973) From 1949 he was a member of the CPGC, a counsellor at the Ministry of Culture. he was professor of philosophy at Yenching University. 1951-1952, he lost all political rights
, leader of the CDL, "… to participate in the negotiations, and offered the following advice: Cut your ties with the Nanjing (GMD) government, go it alone, take a third road. North China should declare independence and establish a coalition government. The new coalition government should take command of the arm."
The GMD can be mainly seen as a party backed by military power and has no substantial backing by particular classes like rural landlords or urban bourgeoisie.
The CCP chose the military way to seize power in China. "The fact that Communist, supremacy had been achieved through military means was not particularly damaging to them politically… , this has been the accepted road to political power in China, one which the Kuomintang itself had used. What was more, in Chinese tradition, the fact of military success created its own legality and qualified the winning side to rule the country. Conversely, according to this line of reasoning, the Kuomintang, by virtue of its defeat, had demonstrated its own incapacity and was therefore no longer entitled to the "mandate" to govern the nation… "


Besides the lack of a private army, the Minzhu Dangpai “..had no access to China's political, military, economic, or social resources, nor did they enjoy any foreign backing.” Their influence is small because of their limited power and small amount of followers, but they have some effect. "In authoritarian states where arenas for public debate on areas of interest to these communities are limited or non-existent, corporatist groups can provide a rare forum for discussion. The networks of their members can be used to reach out to many more than the size of the organization implies. As notables in their fields if not in the wider community, experts can also act as important organizational spokespersons and mobilizers."
Their influence on ideological issues is big. Peng Zhen warns still in 1951 for this impact. "Democratic types demand that everything be made known, even wanting to understand criminal investigation work and to participate in criminal investigation conferences – that is not acceptable. . . All day we are with these democratic types and enlightened types, and we do not believe that they will influence us; but in reality, they have their own style of living, and just as the Political Legal Committee always wants to influence us police, even regarding terminology, this Committee will still want to persist. We are leading and remaking the democratic types, and so we must be constantly vigilant, otherwise we will be influenced by them."
In several publications Minzhu Dangpai leaders had written that they and their intellectual friends needed to reform their thinking and to better themselves for the service of the people and they denounced all opposing forces as reactionary. "Furthermore, these publications spelled out in no uncertain terms what the CCP expected from intellectuals in general and the DPGs (Minzhu Dangpai) in particular. Like the DPG’s public vows of support following the Labor Day Call, these publications thereby contributed to a narrative of a conscious and unhesitant submission of China’s minor political forces to CCP leadership in the months preceding the founding of the People’s Republic. Additionally, in these writings, the DPG leaders themselves undermined any future challenges to CCP’s legitimacy by labeling all forces questioning the Communist leadership as revisionist." Most of the adherents of the Minzhu Dangpai are working in the field of education, press, literature and art. The CCP targets specifically these areas of interest because they are aware of the impact of education, art, and press. Vidal ( 2008) notices: "Le succès de l’hebdomadaire
Guancha
Guancha, a weekly published between september 1946 - December 1948 Guancha, an independent journal beholden to no political group. Starting as a weekly on September 1,1946, Guancha was the most widely read journal around the country, with a circulation, by the end of 1948 when it was closed down by the government, of sixty thousand with its actual readership estimated conservatively at double the amount. Fung (2000). Page 300
(L’Observateur), publié à Shanghai par
Chu Anping
Chu Anping (1909-1966?) Journalist. After 1949 he was editor of the Guangming Daily
entre septembre 1946 et décembre 1948, auquel collaborent plus de 200 universitaires, avocats, journalistes et écrivains, est l’illustration et le symbole de cette mobilisation pacifiste et anti-autoritaire. Il va sans dire que l’engagement de ces intellectuels ne pèse guère face à la logique des armes."
The CCP knows it has to pull over these people to their side. "In order to win the support of the intellectuals, the Party chose
Guo (Moruo)
Guo Moruo (1892-1978)
as an example to show how the intellectuals could work for the country under the Party’s guidance. Guo was showered with important titles, including leading positions in the government and in the Party. Meanwhile because of his academic reputation and his cooperative attitude, Guo was continuously made a leader of the academia and the Chinese revolutionary culture. The Party appointed Guo to several prominent positions, including the president of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the director of the Department of Social Science and Philosophy, and the director of the Institute of History."
Grad (2001) concludes: "The middle forces, which were comprised of businessmen, intellectuals, students and professionals, wielded a significant amount of power in terms of influencing public opinion and securing the political power of either of the two preeminent political parties. Ultimately, they would be of vital importance to the Communists in terms securing a base of support in the cities, and their response to land reform was significant in that it undercut the authority of the Kuomintang government."
The Minzhu Dangpai leaders see themselves as loyal opposition and not as competitors for power. Stein (1945) interviewed 2 CDL leaders who were in Yan’an in 1944 and they were convinced "…The Communists have no ambition of being the sole leaders of the nation. Of this we are convinced and we know them very well. They are realists and know that the Chinese people will never really support and help a One-party dictatorship." The CCP and the Minzhu Dangpai aim at the same goal: a new and modern China. To achieve this objective, some measures have to be taken. The main targets are the elimination of foreign imperialism, the integration of China’s territories (Tibet, Xinjiang, and Taiwan) by ending the civil war, and the revival of a central authority. The reform of the agriculture, industry, education, and healthcare are also important issues for the Minzhu Dangpai.
From an individual perspective, they chose to go along with the CCP because they want to be assured of a job in the new society. They strive for job security because "…beaucoup n’ont tout simplement pas les moyens de s’exiler, et partir à Taiwan est inconcevable pour tous ceux que les autorités harcèlent ou recherchent. Force est pourtant de constater que l’immense majorité de ceux pour lesquels ce choix se présente refuse de quitter le continent, déclinant les propositions du gouvernement et de ses émissaires comme celles qui leur sont faites à l’étranger."
Vidal (2008) continues: "C’est à ce programme(le Programme commun) , et non à l’idéologie du Parti, que se rallient les intellectuels non communistes. Le nouvel État sera-t-il celui qu’ils appellent de leurs voeux ? Rien n’est moins sûr, mais tous veulent le croire et sont prêts à faire certains sacrifices pourvu qu’ils servent la collectivité nationale."
Jin (2010) concludes: "Under increasing political pressure, many intellectuals chose to cooperate with the Party in order to survive the various political movements, but in doing so they also turned themselves into political victimizers who abused others. Meanwhile, it became more and more obvious after 1949 that a successful political career was a prerequisite, at least in the fields of social sciences and humanities, for anyone to be recognized as academically successful in the PRC. No matter what motivation drove these intellectuals to choose to cooperate with the Party, be it out of naiveté, a sense of responsibility to the country, or self-serving reasons, they also served as political victimizers and shared the responsibility for purging their own colleagues when they lent their support to Mao’s revolution."
Their influence is also limited by access to information. Like everybody, they had access to the information of the Renmin Ribao, but had limited admission to Reference News (restricted to cadres of a certain minimum rank) and/or Upper-level Reference News which is restricted to higher minimum rank. Hu (2012) describes this complicated system "Furthermore, in terms of circulars from the Party’s Central Committee, some of them are stipulated to be issued to military-region headquarters and provincial government departments; others are to be issued to divisional military headquarters and to district government departments; still others are to be issued to regimental military headquarters and to county government departments; while some others are to be circulated all the way down to ordinary civilians. The issuing of one and the same circular sometimes has to follow the sequence of first sending it to the central government and only later distributing it to local governments, or first sending it to Party members and only later to non-Party members."
In several ways, the party leaders of the CCP are trying to convince the Minzhu Dangpai that the collaboration, called the ‘new democracy’, will last at least 20 to 30 years and there will be no big changes in the foreign policy. Zhou Enlai clarifies in a speech for potential candidates of the political consultative conference, the foreign policy with respect to the US: ".. the policy of the CCP is “Don’t cut them off, but don’t be in a rush to establish diplomatic relations. If we are too eager to get recognition, we may fall into the trap of passivity. If imperialism wishes to establish diplomatic relations with us, it must negotiate according to the principle of equality."


Many of the CCP leaders have a mixed feeling about the relation with the US. They condemn the military aid given to the GMD government but are open-minded about diplomatic and economic relations with the US. However at the other hand: "The increasingly mild stand taken by (GMD government)Nanking on questions relating to the Occupation (of Japan) --a stand which was interpreted in China as further evidence of Kuomintang weakness and dependence on the United States for support -- and the reliance of Chiang Kai-shek on foreign assistance to wage an unpopular civil war, played an important part in turning much nationalist sentiment against the government. In addition, the identification of the United States with the disliked Kuomintang turned much nationalist feeling into anti-American channels. 5 As a result the Communists, who might still have been handicapped by their ideological connections with the Soviet Union, found themselves with yet another means of rallying nationalist support as the defenders of China's interests against "American imperialism."
During the Second World War Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai have a regular base contact with the American ‘Dixie Mission’ in Yan'an. Yu (1999) cites Mao Zedong in a talk to this American military observers: “Chinese and American interests are correlated and similar. They fit together economically and politically. We can and must work together.”
There is also a tactical reason not to offend the US too much. The CCP is in constant fear, the US are prepared to intervene directly in the civil war in favour of Jiang Jieshi. There are some incidents. The first one at the consulate in Shenyang on November 14, 1948, and the second at April 25, 1949, at the embassy in Nanjing. on November 14, 1948 and the second at April 25, 1949 at the embassy in Nanjing.
There are also moments of rapprochement. In May 1949, there some meetings between US ambassador Stuart and Huang Hua a CCP diplomat. Stuart wants to set up a meeting with Zhou Enlai like in 1945. Zhou Enlai is not willing and the talks are without results.
Stalin (1949) in a cable to Mao Zedong remarks in relation to the US: "We think that the democratic government of China must not reject establishing official relations with some of the capitalist countries, including the United States, if these states officially abandon [their] military, trade, and political support of Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalist government… We think that you should not reject foreign loans and trade with the capitalist countries on certain conditions. The main thing is that loans and trade must not impose any conditions. The main thing is that the loans and trade must not impose any economic and financial conditions on China that could be used to limit the national sovereignty of the democratic state and to strangle [its] domestic industry."
Sheng (1998b) remarks: "It is also worth noting that the CCP's foreign policy process was highly centralized, and Mao had made it clear to every rank and file in November 1948 that anything related to foreign affairs, local authorities had to report to the Center first, before any action could be carried out".


In addition, the members of the Minzhu Dangpai and many intellectuals have mixed feelings about the US. They also condemn the role of the US in the civil war, but a lot of them consider the US as an example for the development of China and have strong positive feelings for the US. Mao Zedong (1950) warns Liu Shaoqi: "The fact that the United States is pulling out all fits] official personnel from China is extremely favorable for us, but those democratic figures suffering from the fear-of-the-United-States illness may be dissatisfied with the confiscation of the foreign military barracks and other actions. Please pay attention to explaining [the meaning of these actions to them]."
Kovalev
Iwan Kovalev
, the SU advisor in Beijing reports at the end 1949 to Stalin about those positive feelings: "Among similar sentiments counts also Zhou Enlai's negative attitude toward the dispatch of groups of Soviet specialists to Shanghai and Tianjin because big economic interests of America and England are concentrated at these points. Such sentiments are the result of pressure on the CC on the part of the bourgeois democrats and other capitalist elements inside the country, who wished and wish the soonest recognition by America and England of new China so as to, relying on these imperialist states, the Chinese bourgeoisie could prevent further democratization of China and disallow strengthening and widening of friendship between China and the Soviet Union."
The US government publication on August 5, 1949 of the “white paper on relations with China” affronted many Minzhu Dangpai members. In this report, the suggestion is made that democratic intellectuals are potential allies of the US. In other words, a possible fifth column in China.
Lutze (2007) cites the orientalist Biggerstaff who during his stay in Nanjing noticed: ".. Day after day editorials, speeches, resolutions, and reports of roundtable discussion groups and protest meetings were spread across the pages of the Hsin Hua Jihpao, (The New China Daily) challenging American policy and the White Paper from every angle." See also Article 56 for the reaction of Mao Zedong
Chen Jian (2005) puts forward this argument: "…,from a Chinese perspective, the most profound reason underlying the CCP’s anti-American policy was Mao’s grand plans for transforming China’s state, society, and international outlook. Even though it might have been possible for Washington to change the concrete course of its China policy (which was highly unlikely given the policy’s complicated background), it would have been impossible for the United States to alter the course and goals of the Chinese revolution, let alone the historicalcultural environment that gave birth to the event."

China wants to be part of the new world (SU) and not the old one (US).

Besides guarantying a period of 20 to 30 years of new democracy and a positive attitude to western countries, the CCP also wants to satisfy the Minzhu Dangpai in another way. In his “On a coalition government" (1945), Mao Zedong points out his demands and proposals which approach the suggestions of the Minzhu Dangpai:
- Mobilization of all forces to defeat and expel the Japanese.
- Abolition of the GMD's one-party dictatorship.
- Punishment for collaborators.
- Punishment for "reactionaries" creating a danger of civil war.
- "Liquidation" of the GMD's secret police and the abolition of GMD concentration camps.
- Revocation of all "reactionary" laws and decrees aimed at suppressing the people's freedom of speech, press, assembly, association, political conviction, and religious belief and freedom of the person and guarantee full civil rights to the people.
- Recognition of the legal status of all democratic parties and groups.
- Release of all patriotic political prisoners.
- Abolition of bureaucratic capital.
- Assistance for private industry.
- Abolition of GMD indoctrination in education and promotion of a national, scientific and mass culture education.
-Guarantees of a livelihood and academic freedom for teachers and other staff members of educational institutions.
Mao Zedong asks Stalin for advice on two occasions (November 30, 1947 and March 15, 1948) about dealing with non-Communist parties and about creating a new political order once the CCP had seized power. He is convinced he can lead a one-party rule like the SU and Yugoslavia. Stalin, however, disagrees and states: "We think that the various opposition parties in China that are representing the middle strata of the Chinese population and are opposing the Guomindang clique will exist for a long time. And the CCP will have to involve them in cooperation against the Chinese reactionary forces and imperialist powers.

Academic freedom


The GMD alienates from the intellectuals it needed to operate the state, party, and military apparatus. From the beginning of the 1940’s, the CCP were "…a staunch champion of political and academic freedom. This stand won over a number of the intellectuals who, since the Kuomintang policy gave considerable latitude in academic and political freedom, were able to exert their influence in support of the Communist cause."
American-educated economist
Ma Yinqu
Ma Yinchu (1882-1982) He served as the president of Zhejiang University, and then as the president of Peking University from 1951 to 1960
is an example of a disillusioned intellectual who joined the GMD regime and criticized the CCP in the 1930’s. He became very disappointed in the GMD and disapproved the mismanagement of the economy, the corruption, and the mistreating of the intellectuals. The GMD government no longer permitted him to teach, to publish or to make public appearances. He moves to Hong Kong and in 1949 the CCP invites him to come back to the mainland and become the dean of the Beijing university. "Many intellectuals like Ma, alienated from the Nationalist regime and therefore willing to give the Party a chance, found themselves in demand by the CCP but with stringent terms attached for their involvement with the program. Intellectual participation in society was to be decided by the Party and the state committed to developing a socialist society and at last accomplishing the deferred promises of social revolution, modernization and national wealth and power."
In scientific circles, the CCP policy towards intellectuals is received enthusiastically.
Qian Sanqiang
Qian Sanqiang (1913-1992)
, the founder of the Chinese nuclear program puts in these words: "…I felt an overnight change, a total change in everything around me". This change was not only in words but also in cash.
In March 1949, two months after the PLA took over Beijing, Qian received a notice from the CCP government to attend an international conference in Paris. Having studied in Paris, Qian thought attending the conference would provide a good opportunity for him to contact his former professors and buy new books and equipment in France. He requested $200,000 for his purchase. Four days later, he received a call summoning him to the central government office at Zhongnanhai. Li Weihan, minister of the CCP United Front, greeted Qian with the good news that he had received $50,000.
Despite all these hopeful outlooks, "In that year (1949), thousands of anti-Communist Chinese intellectuals fled the mainland and went to Taiwan, Hong Kong, and overseas. (So called) emigre’s, not exiles, because they were not forced to leave China. They left China because they had made the decision to do so."


The peaceful takeover of several cities during the Civil war is another way to reassure the Minzhu Dangpai. The good examples are Beijing and Tianjin. After negotiations, Beijing is fallen in the hands of the PLA. PLA general Ye Jianying explains: "Beijing is an ancient, cultural and international city. Foreign journalists reckon that the Communist Party will establish a people’s capital in Beijing. Consequently, after we enter the city, the implementation of every policy, the views and actions of personnel and the speeches of leading cadres are all closely bound to what people will know about our Party. They take Beijing as a test of whether or not the Communist Party can rule the whole country, and whether or not it can administer cities, industry and commerce. Consequently, the good and bad points of our takeover of Beijing and the influence they produce are not questions isolated to certain cadres or to Beijing itself, but are connected to the impression (they give) to the entire world. It is a question of whether or not the Chinese people can under the leadership of the Communist Party govern themselves.489"
Tianjin is after some fierce fighting in the outskirts of the city under control of the PLA. "In December 1948, Song (Feiqing) joined with dozens of other Tianjin notables to ask the local Nationalist authorities to either move their fight with the Communists outside of the city or simply “discontinue hostilities,” in other words, surrender. They were aware of the destruction caused by the fall of Changchun to Communist forces and did not want a repeat of the carnage in Tianjin.8" The infrastructure of this economic important city is more or less intact. Tianjin was north China’s largest port, a finance and transportation hub. The cadres (often small-town students, ex-farmers, and CCP underground operatives), who are sent to the city have recently received crash courses in urban administration. The cadres can not cope with Tianjin’s urban landscape, which represents a new level of complexity and obscurity. They use their old techniques from the land reform and encourage workers and clerks to purge the owners of factories and shops. "Fifty-three such purges had occurred one month after the seizure of Tianjin, forcing many capitalists to flee to Hong Kong. As a result, no more than 30% of private enterprises were still in business several months later."
To restore the economy and to facilitate the regime change in this town, the prominent political leader Liu Shaoqi handles the problems. Liu Shaoqi was present from April 10 till May 7, 1949, and Liu told leaders that they should centralize city government by having the municipal bureaucracy assume tasks that local districts had been handling. Neighborhood organizations were in charge of too many things Liu said, which wasted time and resources and was an example of “village work style.” "The city is concentrated, so work should also be concentrated." He convinces the cadres to stop the purge of capitalists because for this moment the economy relies on them. The actual economic problems Liu Shaoqi solves in a very pragmatic way.
In answering
Song Feiqing,
Song Feiqing (1898–1956)
director of Dongya, a company in Tianjin, Liu Shaoqi reassures him: "You are now exploiting more than 1,000 men; if you exploit more than 2,000 men that’s even better, we want you to exploit more laborers!" Song states in an interview that his meeting with Liu Shaoqi has convinced him of the possibilities to develop a national industry under communist reign. His conviction does not last long in 1950 he leaves for Hong Kong and later he goes to Argentina.
Also other leaders try to convince industrialists to stay.
Liu Hongzheng
Liu Hongzheng (1888-1956) Industrialist
,an industrialist of Shanghai, moved to Hong Kong just days before the PLA took over the city. "…after Premier Zhou Enlai’s emissaries had reassured him of his safety and had promised business opportunities.23 Upon disembarking in Tianjin, Liu was taken to Beijing to dine with Zhou, who pledged protection of Liu’s property and business and urged him to set an example of cooperation. When Liu arrived in Shanghai the following day, Mayor Chen Yi (陈毅) repeated the welcome with supper at his home."
Stalin backs Liu Shaoqi and other political leaders in a general comment on how to treat the bourgeoisie: "…that we, the Russian communists, are in favor of the Chinese communists not pushing away the national bourgeoisie but drawing them to cooperation as a force capable of helping in the struggle against the imperialists. Therefore [we] advise to encourage the trading activities of the national bourgeoisie both inside of China and on the outside, let's say trade with Hong Kong and with other foreign capitalists."
The CCP want to avoid the complications which occurred in Shijiazhuang on November 12, 1947, "…the Communist advance had prompted armed pickets to turn criticism meetings into indiscriminate slaughter sessions. The party quickly issued an order prohibiting anyone but public security officials from conducting arrests and executions or carrying out property confiscation during the liberation process. When the Sixth All- China Labor Congress was convened in Harbin in August 1948, a resolution outlining procedures for liberating the cities stressed the importance of maintaining order, protecting machines and equipment at all public and private enterprises, and guarding against sabotage and theft. No mention was made of a proletarian uprising."
On April 8, 1948, Mao Zedong as commander of the PLA has ordered an 8 point instruction to the troops after ransacking of some cities in the Northeast.
"1. be very prudent in the liquidation of the organs of Kuomintang rule.
2. Set a clear line of demarcation in defining bureaucrat-capital and do not confiscate all the industrial and commercial enterprises run by Kuomintang members.
3. Forbid peasant organizations to enter the city to seize landlords and settle scores with them.
4. On entering the city, do not lightly advance slogans of raising wages and reducing working hours.
5. Do not be in a hurry to organize the people of the city to struggle for democratic reforms and improvements in livelihood.
6. In the big cities, food and fuel must be handled in a planned way.
7. Members of Kuomintang and Three People’s Principles Youth League must be screened and registered.
8. It is strictly forbidden to destroy any means of production, whether publicly or privately owned, and to waste consumer goods."
Also other members of the CCP make comments on the behavior of PLA troops.
Huang Jing ,
Huang Jing (1912-1958) Mayor of Tianjin June 1949-April 1953
the later mayor of Tianjin, said in a speech on December 1948: "When you enter the city, you absolutely cannot find any old corner and urinate and defecate like you would in the village." Zhu De emphasizes the importance of discipline when the PLA goes south and protect industry and commerce.
These peaceful takeovers are also the result of the fear of the residents of the cities. They want to avoid the fate of the inhabitants of Changchun. In October 1948, the PLA conquers the city after a siege of 5 months. During the encirclement between 100.000 and 300.000, citizens die of starvation.
The CCP had made special preparations to overtake the metropolis of Shanghai. They distinguished 3 areas of intervention: the economy, which has to be left more or less intact, "Comparatively little damage was done to the city during the battle for Shanghai, partly because of effective action by the People's Peace Preservation Corps (Jen-min pao-an tui), a workers' picket organization that guarded factories and facilities from destruction and sabotage and persuaded Nationalist units to surrender.41 Utilities kept functioning or resumed operations shortly after Liberation ".
The second area education, press and culture has to be gradually reformed, and the third area, the remains of GMD government, army and police have to be completely destroyed. Walder (2015) mentions a not unimportant detail. "Most of the cadres who came south with the army were veterans of northern base areas, were natives of that region, and were unable to speak or understand southern dialects."
In Shanghai, the party has a good reputation as Stranahan (1992) puts it: "Making use of multi-class patriotism, Party leaders established a co-operative relationship with members of the elite that became a crucial part of Chinese Communist Party (CCP) resistance work against Japan. In many cases, the relationship continued into the post-war years and contributed significantly to the CCP's easy takeover of the city in May 1949."


The CCP politicians are aware that the situation they have to deal with in Shanghai is quite different from former tasks. Mao Zedong is worried and tells Kovalev: "…our lack of experience with running such a big city, we do not have specialists, capable of handling the management and usage of the electrical station, water supply, large textile and other enterprises."
Mao Zedong knows he has to rely partly on the old GMD bureaucracy. Kam (1985) states: "... that the central committee of the KMT in 1945 was overwhelmingly manned by intellectuals with specialised knowledge. In this way, the real power was in the hands of the 'professionals' , comprising 84% of the total strength.2 It was therefore not possible to capture power without winning the intellectuals in the KMT over to the communist party. Mao Zedong realistically conceded that without the participation by the intellectuals the revolution could not achieve victory" See Part 7.
To not to be totally dependent on GMD specialists Mao Zedong asks Kovalev during this same meeting on April 9, 1949, to send Soviet specialists in running commercial cities and he also asks specialists in contra espionage. The CCP has sent some specialists of their own to Shanghai. On May 5, 1949 Pan Hannian (intelligence worker),
Xu Dixin
Xu Dixin (1906-1988)
(economist) and
Xia Yan
Xia Yan (1900-1995) Vice Minister of Culture in 1954.
(writer) leave from Hong Kong to Tianjin, where they receive instructions for underground work in Shanghai.
One of their main tasks is to control the popular press in the newly liberated areas and to promote the upcoming political consultative conference.


Cohen (1991). Page 125. Cohen continues "For those most immediately involved in these novel circumstances, such as students in the new schools, treaty port merchants and workers, and many others, the cultural crisis was most acute. Many must have felt that they were living in a cultural vacuum, which could only be filled both by the creation of a new cultural design and, of necessity, through the redefinition of being Chinese. " [↩] [Cite]
Jin (2010). Page 131 [↩] [Cite]
Lee (1991). Page 49 [↩] [Cite]
Snow (1972). Page 174. In 1936 Snow slipped through the Nationalists’ blockade and reached the Chinese Communists’ base at Yan an in Shaanxi province, in north-central China. After spending several months in Yan an with Mao Zedong and other leaders, Snow returned to the outside world with the first accurate reporting of the Communist movement in China. Snow depicted Mao Zedong and his followers not as the opportunistic Red bandits described by the Nationalists but rather as dedicated revolutionaries who advocated sweeping domestic reforms and who were eager to resist Japanese aggression in China. Snow’s book-length report on the Chinese Communists, is: Red Star Over China (1937) https://www.britannica.com" [↩] [Cite]
Tsui (2013). Page 170 [↩] [Cite]
Sivieri (2015). Page 9 [↩] [Cite]
Wang (1966). Page X [↩] [Cite]
Moody (1998). Page 12 [↩] [Cite]
Hu (2012). Page 32 [↩] [Cite]
Pringsheim (1962). Page 86.[Cite] "Furthermore, the CCP began to set up elected representative bodies in the areas under their control to showcase their willingness to cooperate across party divisions.17"
Rudolph (2021). Page 205 [↩] [Cite]
Yu (2005). Page 2. [Cite]
"The Soviets, on the other hand, maintain that, upon liberating Manchuria, the Soviet Army dismantled arsenals, military and certain other enterprises servicing the Kwantung Army and constituting war trophies. According to the Russians, the Kuomintang military had counted on using these facilities in waging war against the Communist forces and now spread the story of mass dismantlement of local industrial equipment by the Soviet authorities. However, the Chinese "patriots" understood that the measures taken by the Soviet Army prevented the "counterrevolutionaries" from using the "big stick" of Japanese military industry in northeast China against the "democratic forces." Ginsburgs (1976). Page 17 [↩] [Cite]
"It appears to be the custom of Russian commanders to allow full license to their soldiery for, at any rate, the first few days after their entry into a conquered city, whether it be on enemy, or enemy-occupied soil." Jones (1949). Page 225. "But very bitter feelings were soon aroused when it became known that the Soviet Government, in a memorandum to China of 21 January 1946, declared that it regarded as its war booty all Japanese enterprises in Manchuria which had rendered services to the Japanese Army, and that in pursuance of this principle the Soviet occupation authorities in Manchuria were removing large quantities of industrial equipment to the Soviet Union." Jones (1949). Pages 227-228 "The Russians, however, were not responsible for all the looting. As happened elsewhere, for example at Hong Kong in 1941, a great deal of damage was done by the Chinese mob, which seized the opportunity to strip houses and factories for loot and firewood, leaving many of them a gutted shell. In some cases this happened after the Japanese retreated and before the Russian occupation; in others it took place in conjunction with Russian pillaging." Jones (1949). Page 225 [↩] [Cite]
Murray (1995). Page 3 [↩] [Cite]
Jeans (2019). Page 31 [↩] [Cite]
Chen (2007). Page 42 [↩] [Cite]
Jeans (2019). No page number [↩] [Cite]
Fung (2010). Pages 258-259 [↩] [Cite]
Dow (1971). Page 13 [↩] [Cite]
The amount of graduates who had studied in the US is much bigger than those graduated in west Europe or SU. Graduates form USA in the period of 1905-1951 are 35.931, In west Europe 10.000 and in the SU less than 100. But most graduates had studied in Japan. Dow (1971). Page 2 [↩] [Cite]
O'Brien (2003). Page 164 [↩] [Cite]
O'Brien (2003). Page 164 [↩] [Cite]
Lee (1963). Page 149 [↩] [Cite]
Wong (2009). Page 1 & 47 [↩] [Cite]
Qing (2007). No page number [↩] [Cite]
Bernard (1953). Page 17 [↩] [Cite]
Fung (1991). Page 284 [↩] [Cite]fu1991
Groot (2004). Page xxiii [↩]
Cited in Zhong (2015). Page 12 [↩] [Cite]
Rudolph (2021). Page 209 [↩] [Cite]
Vidal (2008). Page 48
"The success of the weekly Guancha (Observer), published in Shanghai by Chu Anping between September 1946 and December 1948, a collaboration of more than 200 academics, lawyers, journalists and writers, is the illustration and the symbol of this mobilization pacifist and anti-authoritarian. It goes without saying that the commitment of these intellectuals hardly weighs facing the logic of arms. " [↩] [Cite]
Jin (2010). Page 140 [↩] [Cite]
Grad (2001). Page 3 [↩] [Cite]
Stein (1945). Page 374 [↩] [Cite]
Vidal (2008). Page 51
Translation: "... Many simply cannot afford to go into exile, and to go to Taiwan is inconceivable to anyone that the authorities harass or seek. Remarkable is however to note that the vast majority of those for whom this choice presents itself refuses to leave the continent, declining government proposals and his emissaries to them like those made abroad." [↩] [Cite]
Vidal (2008). Page 56
Translation: “ The non-communist intellectuals align themselves with the program (the Common Program), not with the ideology of the Party. Wil it be the new State, which will appeal to their wishes? Nothing is less sure, but all of them want to believe and are willing to make certain sacrifices, provided it serves the national community. " [↩] [Cite]
Jin (2010). Page 155 [↩] [Cite]
Hu (2012). Page 75. [Cite]
Groot (1997) states that non-party officials should have access to relevant documents, but many CCP members "…were disinclined to concede the necessity of allies, let alone give them power. Any gains by allies was regarded as a loss for the Party..." Groot(1997). Pages 191-192 [↩] [Cite]
Bernard (1953). Page 14 [↩] [Cite]
Yu (1999). Page 32 [↩] [Cite]
The US has several consulates in China in 1949: Guangzhou, Chongqing, Dalian, Wuhan, Kunming, Nanjing, Shanghai, Tianjin and Qingdao. Chen (2001) states: "In fact, CCP leaders in the Northeast already believed that American diplomats in Shenyang were “actively engaged in” collecting military intelligence information about “the Soviet Union, Outer Mongolia, and China’s liberated zones.” In a summary report to the CCP leadership on 24 November, the CCP Northeast Bureau concluded that a group of special spies existed at the U.S. consulate in Shenyang, who had conducted espionage activities on the GMD’s behalf (telegram, CCP Northeast Bureau to CCP Central Committee, 24 November 1948, CCA)" Chen (2001). Page 297 [↩] [Cite]
Sheng (1998b). Page 184 [↩] [Cite]
Lutze (2007). Page 181.[Cite]
Jeans (2018) concludes "The China White Paper, (…), included a thinly veiled appeal for such (third force) groups. In 1949 and 1950, the United States was open to third force alternatives to the Nationalists on Taiwan. From 1950 to 1953, American policy drifted toward increasing support for the armed anticommunists in Taiwan, thanks to the Korean War, while still secretly supporting promising third force efforts. … in November 1953, (the US) finally acknowledged Taiwan was the only viable noncommunist force. With conclusion of the Mutual Defense Treaty between the Nationalists and the Americans at the end of 1954 and recognition of the failure of the CIA’s third force project, Americans resumed their former close relationship with the Nationalists, and US aid flowed to them once again." Jeans (2018). Page 237 [↩] [Cite]
Chen (2005). Page 286 [↩] [Cite]
Groot(1997). Page 91 [↩] [Cite]
Houn (1961). Page 4-5. [Cite]
Xu notices: "The economic hardships were so severe that they (CCP) began to shake peasant support as trade was disrupted and the tax burden increased in Communist-administered areas. The leadership thus launched the “great production movement” to ameliorate the condition. Some base areas even began to join in the illicit opium trade to survive. Coupled with this condition was the need to appeal to public opinion and win over upper classes from the KMT. This led to the strategy to tighten internally and soften externally (waikuan neijing). In other words, the Party needed to establish clear boundaries between the internal and external constituencies and enforce strict discipline in its own rank and file while externally projecting a liberal and open-minded image on its leadership. The goal was to exercise control over the politics of interpretation." Xu (1918). Page 10 [↩] [Cite]
Mutter (2010). Page 62 [↩] [Cite]
Li (2007). Page 165 [↩] [Cite]
Li (2007). Page 147 [↩] [Cite]
Yung (2015). Page 165. [Cite] Hu Shi, director of the Beijing University left Beijing and went to Taiwan. "Hu...vertrat die Meinung, dass er unter einem repressiven Rechtsregime zumindest den Luxus des Schweigens genießen dürfe, ohne dazu gezwungen zu sein, sich selbst zu »bessern«. Tausende von Intellektuellen stimmten mit ihren Füssen ab und gingen nach Taiwan"
Translation: Hu...was of the opinion that under a repressive legal regime he could at least enjoy the luxury of silence without being forced to "improve" himself. Thousands of intellectuals voted with their feet and went to Taiwan. Stiffler (2003). Pages 225-226. [Cite]
Hao notices "Chen Yinke (1890–1969), who refused to become an official if it meant he had to study Marxism and Leninism (Lu Jiandong 1995:102), was one of the very few who came close to being a yinshi (unattached intellectual). People like Chen were very rare. But even he remained under the care of the Party and government: he belonged to Zhongshan University in Guangdong Province, which even provided him with writing paper." Hao (2003). Page 403 [↩] [Cite]
Tiffert (2015). Page 105 Note [↩] [Cite]
Sheehan (2015). Page 178. "In the end, the actual battle for Tianjin was anticlimactic. The Nationalists had lost the will to fight and the Communists took the city in one day." Page 179 [↩] [Cite] [Cite]
Yang (2007). Page 17 [↩] [Cite]
Brown(2012). Page 21 [↩] [Cite]
See also Kenneth (1971). pp. 494-520 [↩] [Cite]
Dittmer (1998). Page 203 [↩] [Cite]
U (2012). Page 40. [Cite]
"Liu Hongsheng was deeply disturbed by the failure of the gold yuan reform and Chiang Ching-kuo’s treatment of Chinese capitalists (October 1948), and he was not alone. According to Lloyd Eastman, “Most people thereafter abandoned all hope for economic recovery; the failure of the reform seemed to demonstrate that the National Government was totally without resources to control the inflation.” 13 Liu Hongsheng shared this view, and he ceased to envision any role for himself and his family members in Taiwan. Under the Nationalist government, he soberly told his children at a family meeting, “Taiwan would not be a safe place.”14 Cochran (2007). Page 363. [↩] [Cite]
Perry (2006). Page 135 [↩] [Cite]
Brown (2012). Page 16 [Cite]
Tiffert (2015) remarks "...to prepare them for Beijing and its urban social and cultural novelties, the Party issued handbooks with titles such as “Survey of Beijing,” “Investigation of Beijing,” and “Survey of Beijing’s Districts” containing information compiled from Beijing natives and underground Party members operating inside the city. The instruction also covered mundane topics like how to use electric light switches and modern toilets, and observe traffic rules.507" Tiffert (2015). Page 105 [↩] [Cite]
Byrne (2006). Page 61 [↩] [Cite]
Walder (2015). Page 63 [↩] [Cite]
Stranahan (1992). Page 26. [Cite]
The book "The Lius of Shanghai" shows how a rich family deals with the evolving situation in Shanghai. "On December 17, 1949, Father wrote to him that Shanghai was the place where all of the Lius should be. “Since liberation (in 1949), everything in our country has returned to normal. The corruption and decadence of the old days have been wiped out entirely. The army’s discipline is especially impressive. It is the first we’ve seen in the republican period [since 1911]. Although life is still hard at the moment, people from all walks of life are working diligently to overcome difficulties. It is generally believed that great hope lies ahead. I share this view. At home, everything is fine.” Cochran (2013). Page 337 [↩] [Cite]
Kam (1985). Pages 57-58 [↩] [Cite]
Pan Hannian and other undercover agents were accused of being contra revolutionairies in 1955. Other had more luck "For example, Pao Junnan, an important intelligence source for the Teke during the 1920s, was imprisoned in early 1950 because of his background working for the GMD and the Wang Jingwei puppet government. Xu Qiang and Li Yun, two CCP top agents in the 1930s in Shanghai, were put under investigation during the Yan’an rectification of the 1940s; they did not receive a verdict for their cases until the early 1950s. Their names were cleared only when Li Kenong personally intervened." Guo (2012). Page 345 [↩] [Cite]
Johnson (2008). Page 340 [↩] [Cite]

10-10-1947 Mao Zedong "On the reissue of the three main rules of discipline and the eight points for attention — instruction of the general headquarters of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army"

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