Socialism with Chinese characteristics

The theoretical system of socialism with Chinese characteristics (Chinese: 中国特色社会主义; pinyin: Zhōngguó tèsè shèhuìzhǔyì, literally zhōngguó tèsè, meaning "Chinese characteristics"; and shèhuì zhǔyì meaning "socialism")[1] is a broad term for political theories and policies that are seen by their proponents as representing Marxism–Leninism adapted to Chinese circumstances and specific time periods. For instance, in this view Xi Jinping Thought is considered to represent Marxist–Leninist policies suited for China's present condition while Deng Xiaoping Theory was considered relevant for the period when it was formulated.[2]

The term entered common usage during the era of Deng Xiaoping and was largely associated with Deng's overall program of adopting elements of market economics as a means to foster growth using foreign investment and to increase productivity (especially in the countryside where 80% of China's population lived) while the Communist Party of China retained both its formal commitment to achieve communism and its monopoly on political power.[3] In the party's official narrative, socialism with Chinese characteristics is Marxism–Leninism adapted to Chinese conditions and a product of scientific socialism. The theory stipulated that China was in the primary stage of socialism due to its relatively low level of material wealth and needed to engage in economic growth before it pursued a more egalitarian form of socialism, which in turn would lead to a communist society described in Marxist orthodoxy.

Socialism with Chinese characteristics

Primary stage of socialism

During Mao Zedong era

The concept of a primary stage of socialism was conceived before China introduced economic reforms.[4] In the early 1950s, economists Yu Guangyuan, Xue Muqiao and Sun Yefang raised the question of socialist transformation in which China's economy of low productive force was in a transitional period, a position which Mao Zedong endorsed briefly until 1957. When discussing the necessity of commodity relations at the 1st Zhengzhou Conference (2–10 November 1958), for example, Mao—the Chairman of the Communist Party of China's Central Committee—said that China was in the "initial stage of socialism".[4] However, Mao never elaborated on the idea and his successors were left to do this.[4]

After Mao Zedong's death

On 5 May 1978, the article "Putting into Effect the Socialist Principle of Distribution According to Work" (贯彻执行按劳分配的社会主义原则) elaborated on the idea that China was still at the first stage of reaching pure communism[5] and that it had not become a truly socialist society.[5] The article was written by members in the State Council's Political Research Office led by economist Yu Guangyuan on the orders of Deng Xiaoping so as to "criticize and repudiate" the beliefs of the communist left.[6] After reading it, Deng himself authored a brief memo saying that it was "well-written, and shows that the nature of distribution by labor is not capitalist, but socialist [...] [and] to implement this principle, many things are to be done, and many institutions to be revived. In all, this is to give incentives for us to do better".[7] The term reappeared at the 6th plenum of the 11th Central Committee on 27 June 1981 in the document "Resolution on Certain Questions in the History of our Party since the Founding of the PRC".[8] Hu Yaobang, the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, used the term in his report to the 12th National Congress on 1 September 1982.[8] It was not until the "Resolution Concerning the Guiding Principle in Building Socialist Spiritual Civilization" at the 6th plenum of the 12th Central Committee that the term was used in the defense of the economic reforms which were being introduced.[8]

At the 13th National Congress, acting General Secretary Zhao Ziyang on behalf of the 12th Central Committee delivered the report "Advance Along the Road of Socialism with Chinese characteristics".[9] He wrote that China was a socialist society, but that socialism in China was in its primary stage,[9] a Chinese peculiarity which was due to the undeveloped state of the country's productive forces.[9] During this phase of development, Zhao recommended introducing a planned commodity economy on the basis of public ownership.[9] The main failure of the communist right according to Zhao was that they failed to acknowledge that China could reach socialism by bypassing capitalism. The main failure of the communist left was that they held the "utopian position" that China could bypass the primary stage of socialism in which the productive forces are to be modernized.[10]

On 5 October 1987, Yu Guangyuan, a major author of the concept, published an article entitled "Economy in the Initial Stage of Socialism" and speculated that this historical stage will last for two decades and perhaps much longer.[11] This represents, says Ian Wilson, "a severe blight on the expectations raised during the early 70s, when the old eight-grade wage scale was being compressed to only three levels and a more even distributive system was assumed to be an important national goal". On 25 October, Zhao further expounded on the concept of the primary stage of socialism and said that the party line was to follow "One Center, Two Basic Points"—the central focus of the Chinese state was economic development, but that this should occur simultaneously through centralized political control (i.e. the Four Cardinal Principles) and upholding the policy of reform and opening up.[8]

General Secretary Jiang Zemin further elaborated on the concept ten years later, first during a speech to the Central Party School on 29 May 1997 and again in his report to the 15th National Congress on 12 September.[8] According to Jiang, the 3rd plenum of the 11th Central Committee correctly analyzed and formulated a scientifically correct program for the problems facing China and socialism.[8] In Jiang's words, the primary stage of socialism was an "undeveloped stage".[8] The fundamental task of socialism is to develop the productive forces, therefore the main aim during the primary stage should be the further development of the national productive forces.[8] The primary contradiction in Chinese society during the primary stage of socialism is "the growing material and cultural needs of the people and the backwardness of production".[8] This contradiction will remain until China has completed the process of primary stage of socialism—and because of it—economic development should remain the party's main focus during this stage.[8]

Jiang elaborated on three points to develop the primary stage of socialism.[12] The first—to develop a socialist economy with Chinese characteristics—meant developing the economy by emancipating and modernizing the forces of production while developing a market economy.[12] The second—building socialist politics with Chinese characteristics—meant "managing state affairs according to the law", developing socialist democracy under the party and making the "people the masters of the country".[12] The third point—building socialist culture with Chinese characteristics—meant turning Marxism into the guide to train the people so as to give them "high ideals, moral integrity, a good education, and a strong sense of discipline, and developing a national scientific, and popular socialist culture geared to the needs of modernization, of the world, and of the future".[12]

When asked how long the primary stage of socialism would last, Zhao replied "[i]t will be at least 100 years [...] [before] socialist modernization will have been in the main accomplished".[13] The state constitution states that "China will be in the primary stage of socialism for a long time to come".[14] As with Zhao, Jiang believed that it would take at least 100 years to reach a more advanced stage.[8]

Socialist market economy

What is socialism and what is Marxism? We were not quite clear about this in the past. Marxism attaches utmost importance to developing the productive forces. We have said that socialism is the primary stage of communism and that at the advanced stage the principle of from each according to his ability and to each according to his needs will be applied. This calls for highly developed productive forces and an overwhelming abundance of material wealth. Therefore, the fundamental task for the socialist stage is to develop the productive forces. The superiority of the socialist system is demonstrated, in the final analysis, by faster and greater development of those forces than under the capitalist system. As they develop, the people's material and cultural life will constantly improve. One of our shortcomings after the founding of the People's Republic was that we didn't pay enough attention to developing the productive forces. Socialism means eliminating poverty. Pauperism is not socialism, still less communism.
— Deng Xiaoping, speech discussing Marxist theory at a Central Committee plenum, 30 June 1984[15]

Deng Xiaoping, the architect of the Chinese economic reforms, did not believe that the market economy was synonymous with capitalism or that planning was synonymous with socialism.[16] During his southern tour, he said that "planning and market forces are not the essential difference between socialism and capitalism. A planned economy is not the definition of socialism, because there is planning under capitalism; the market economy happens under socialism, too. Planning and market forces are both ways of controlling economic activity".[16]

Ideological justification

In the 1980s, it became evident to Chinese economists that the Marxist theory of the law of value—understood as the expression of the labor theory of value—could not serve as the basis of China's pricing system.[17] They concluded that Marx never intended his theory of law of value to work "as an expression of 'concretized labor time'".[17] Marx's notion of "prices of production" was meaningless to the Soviet-styled planned economies since price formations were according to Marx established by markets.[18] Soviet planners had used the law of value as a basis to rationalize prices in the planned economy.[19] According to Soviet sources, prices were "planned with an eye to the [...] basic requirements of the law of value".[19] However, the primary fault with the Soviet interpretation was that they tried to calibrate prices without a competitive market since according to Marx competitive markets allowed for an equilibrium of profit rates which led to an increase in the prices of production.[20] The rejection of the Soviet interpretation of the law of value led to the acceptance of the idea that China was still in the primary stage of socialism.[19] The basic argument was that conditions envisaged by Marx for reaching the socialist stage of development did not yet exist in China.[19]

Mao said that the imposition of "progressive relations of production" would revolutionize production.[21] His successor's rejection of this view according to A. James Gregor has thwarted the ideological continuity of Maoism—officially Mao Zedong Thought.[21] Classical Marxism had argued that a socialist revolution would only take place in advanced capitalist societies and its success would signal the transition from a capitalist commodity-based economy to a "product economy" in which goods would be distributed for people's need and not for profit.[21] If because of a lack of a coherent explanation in the chance of failure this revolution did not occur, the revolutionaries would be forced to take over the responsibilities of the bourgeoisie.[21] Chinese communists are thus looking for a new Marxist theory of development.[21] Party theorist Luo Rongqu recognized that the founders of Marxism had never "formulated any systematic theory on the development of the non-Western world" and said that the Communist Party of China should "establish their own synthesized theoretical framework to study the problem of modern development".[22] According to A. James Gregor, the implication of this stance is that "Chinese Marxism is currently in a state of profound theoretical discontinuity".[23]

Private ownership

The concept of private ownership is rooted in classical Marxism.[24] Because China adopted socialism when it was a semi-feudal and semi-colonial country, it is in the primary stage of socialism.[24] Because of this, certain policies and system characteristics—such as commodity production for the market, the existence of a private sector and the reliance of the profit motive in enterprise management—were changed.[24] These changes were allowed as long as they improve productivity and modernize the means of production and thus further develop socialism.[24] According to this perspective, Mao's leftist belief that China could advance to full socialism immediately by bypassing capitalism is considered false.[24]

The Communist Party of China still considers private ownership to be non-socialist.[25] However, according to party theorists the existence and growth of private ownership does not necessarily undermine socialism and promote capitalism in China.[25] It is argued that Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels never proposed the immediate abolishment of private ownership.[25] According to Engel's book Principles of Communism, the proletariat can only abolish private ownership when the necessary conditions have been met.[25] In the phase before the abolishment of private ownership, Engels proposed progressive taxation, high inheritance taxes and compulsory bond purchases to restrict private property while using the competitive powers of state-owned enterprises to expand the public sector.[25] Marx and Engels proposed similar measures in The Communist Manifesto in regards to advanced countries, but since China was economically undeveloped party theorists called for flexibility regarding the party's handling of private property.[25] According to party theorist Liu Shuiyuan, the New Economic Policy program initiated by Soviet authorities in the aftermath of the war communism program is a good example of flexibility by socialist authorities.[25]

Party theorist Li Xuai said that private ownership inevitably involves capitalist exploitation.[25] However, Li regards private property and exploitation as necessary in the primary stage of socialism, claiming that capitalism in its primary stage uses remnants of the old society to build itself.[25] Sun Liancheng and Lin Huiyong said that Marx and Engels—in their interpretation of The Communist Manifesto—criticized private ownership when it was owned solely by the bourgeoisie, but not individual ownership in which everyone owns the means of production and hence cannot be exploited by others.[26] Individual ownership is considered consistent with socialism since Marx wrote that post-capitalist society would entail the rebuilding of "associated social individual ownership".[27]


According to writer and researcher Yasheng Huang and many others, the economic theory in China is not socialism with Chinese characteristics, but the opposite—capitalism with Chinese characteristics.[28]

See also



  1. ^ "Chinese dictionary". Yellow bridge. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Ful ltext of the letter by China's Minister of Commerce". Xinhua News Agency. 2 July 2018. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
  3. ^ Xiaoping, Deng (1 October 1984). "Building Socialism with a Specifically Chinese Character". People's Daily. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
  4. ^ a b c Li 1995, p. 400.
  5. ^ a b He 2001, p. 385.
  6. ^ He 2001, pp. 385–386.
  7. ^ Xiaoping, Deng. "坚持按劳分配原则". Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k He 2001, p. 386.
  9. ^ a b c d Li 1995, p. 399.
  10. ^ Schram 1989, p. 204.
  11. ^ Yu, Guangyuan (5 October 1987). "Economy in the Initial Stage of Socialism". Zhongguo Shehui Kexue (3).
  12. ^ a b c d He 2001, p. 387.
  13. ^ Vogel 2011, p. 589.
  14. ^ 2nd session of the 9th National People's Congress (14 March 2004). "Constitution of the People's Republic of China". Government of the People's Republic of China. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  15. ^ Xiaoping, Deng (30 June 1984). "Building a Socialism with a specifically Chinese character". People's Daily. Central Committee of the Communist Party of China. Retrieved 13 January 2013.
  16. ^ a b "Market fundamentalism' is unpractical". People's Daily. Central Committee of the Communist Party of China. 3 February 2012. Retrieved 13 January 2013.
  17. ^ a b Gregor 1999, p. 114.
  18. ^ Gregor 1999, pp. 114–116.
  19. ^ a b c d Gregor 1999, p. 116.
  20. ^ Gregor 1999, pp. 115–116.
  21. ^ a b c d e Gregor 1999, p. 117.
  22. ^ Gregor 1999, pp. 117–118.
  23. ^ Gregor 1999, p. 118.
  24. ^ a b c d e Hsu 1991, p. 11.
  25. ^ a b c d e f g h i Hsu 1991, p. 65.
  26. ^ Hsu 1991, pp. 65–66.
  27. ^ Hsu 1991, p. 66.
  28. ^ "Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics Entrepreneurship and the State". Retrieved 1 October 2018.


Further reading

  • Gregor, A. James (2014). Marxism and the Making of China. A Doctrinal History. Palgrave Macmillan.
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The China Democratic League (Chinese: 中国民主同盟, abbreviated to 民盟 or Minmeng) is one of the eight legally recognised political parties in the People's Republic of China.

The party was established in 1941 and took its present name in 1944. At its formation, it was a coalition of three pro-democracy parties and three pressure groups. Its two main goals were to support China's war effort during the Second Sino-Japanese War and to provide a "Third Way" from the Nationalists and the Communists. Influential members or supporters included Zhang Dongsun, Zhang Junmai (Carson Chang), Luo Longji, Pan Guangdan, Huang Yanpei, Fei Xiaotong, Li Huang of the Young China Party, Wu Han, Chu Anping, and Wen Yiduo.After the war, many Americans in China were sympathetic. Theodore White wrote that if "the men of the middle group were well organized, they could guarantee peace. But they are not. They lack an army, a political machine, roots in any social class. Only the spread of education and industry can create enough men of the modern world to give them a broad social base.” But disillusionment with the Nationalist government, which outlawed the party in 1947, and infiltration by the Communists caused the League to tilt towards the CCP during the Chinese Civil War. Thereafter, two of its constituent parties, the China National Socialist Party and the Chinese Youth Party, left the League to join the Nationalists in Taiwan. The "Third Party" eventually became the Chinese Peasants' and Workers' Democratic Party in 1947. It left the League, but kept its communist ideology.

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Its chairperson Zhang Lan served as the vice chairman of Central People's Government of the People's Republic of China (1949–54)

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The CPC is officially organised on the basis of democratic centralism, a principle conceived by Russian Marxist theoretician Vladimir Lenin which entails democratic and open discussion on policy on the condition of unity in upholding the agreed upon policies. The highest body of the CPC is the National Congress, convened every fifth year. When the National Congress is not in session, the Central Committee is the highest body, but since the body meets normally only once a year most duties and responsibilities are vested in the Politburo and its Standing Committee. The party's leader holds the offices of General Secretary (responsible for civilian party duties), Chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC) (responsible for military affairs) and State President (a largely ceremonial position). Through these posts, the party leader is the country's paramount leader. The current paramount leader is Xi Jinping, elected at the 18th National Congress held in October 2012.

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Debates over differing interpretations of peaceful coexistence were one aspect of the Sino-Soviet split in the 1950s and 1960s. During the 1960s and early 1970s, the People's Republic of China under the leadership of its founder, Mao Zedong, argued that a belligerent attitude should be maintained towards capitalist countries, and so initially rejected the peaceful coexistence theory as essentially Marxist revisionism.

However, their decision in 1972 to establish a trade relationship with the United States also saw China cautiously adopting a version of the theory to relations between itself and non-socialist countries. From that point through to the early 1980s and Socialism with Chinese characteristics, China increasingly extended its own peaceful coexistence concept to include all nations. Albanian ruler Enver Hoxha (at one time, China's only true ally) also denounced this and turned against China as a result of China growing closer ties to the West such as 1972 Nixon visit to China and today Hoxhaist parties continue to denounce the concept of peaceful coexistence.

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The term is used by Maoists for their strategy of long-term armed revolutionary struggle. After the Sino-Vietnamese War in 1979, Deng Xiaoping abandoned People's War for "People's War under Modern Conditions", which moved away from reliance on troops over technology. With the adoption of "socialism with Chinese characteristics", economic reforms fueled military and technological investment. Troop numbers were also reduced and professionalisation encouraged.

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Tsinghua graduates who have political prominence are disproportionately greater in number than graduates of other famous universities. Among the nine standing committees at the Politburo, there are four Tsinghua graduates; among the 24 Politburo committee members, there are five; and of all the "leaders of the party and the country", there are 10.

Key figures are reported to include now:

Xi Jinping:

Hu Jintao:

Zhu Rongji:

Wu Bangguo, although he is generally considered more loyal to Jiang Zemin's Shanghai clique;

Lin Wenyi, chairman of the Taiwan Democratic Self-Government League;

Wang Qishan:

Liu Yandong:

Chen Xi:

Li Xi:

Hu Heping:

Chen Jining:

Zhang Guoqing:Retired or deceased:

Zhang Dongsun:

Zhang Junmai:

Luo Longji:

Pan Guangdan:

Fei Xiaotong:

Qian Weichang:

Peng Peiyun:

Kang Shien:

Wu Guanzheng:

Hu Qili:

Huang Ju:

Yao Yilin:

Song Ping:

Li Ximing:

Wang Hanbin:

Zhou Guangzhao:

Zheng Tianxiang:The Tsinghua clique also referred to a group of Nationalist Chinese politicians who held high power in the Republic of China government and fled to Taiwan with the government during the Chinese Civil War. All of them are deceased:

Yeh Kung-chao:

Yu Guohua:

Yen Zhenxing:

Mei Yiqi:

Luo Jialun:

Hu Shih:

Sun Li-jen.

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The United Front (Chinese: 統一戰線; pinyin: Tǒngyī Zhànxiàn) in China is a popular front of the legally permitted parties in the country, led by the Communist Party of China (CPC). Besides the CPC, it includes eight minor parties and the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce. It is managed by the CPC Central Committee United Front Work Department (Chinese: 中共中央统一战线工作部). Its current department head is You Quan. The member parties of the Front are completely subservient to the CPC, and must accept the "leading role" of the CPC as a condition of their continued existence.

Xi Jinping Core Administration

The Xi Jinping Core Administration (Chinese: 习近平核心体制) of the People's Republic of China has been said to begin after the progressive accumulation of power by Xi Jinping, who has succeeded Hu Jintao to be the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China since 2012.

Xi Jinping Thought

Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, simply known as Xi Jinping Thought, Xi Thought or Xism is a political theory derived from the Chinese Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping.

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Hanyu PinyinZhōngguótèsè Shèhuìzhǔyì
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