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On the newly revised Party bylaws at the 16th CCP Congress
--CCP rivals the working class
Zhao Dagong
11/22/2002



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The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has already changed its own nature. The opening sentence from the newly revised Party Bylaws declares clearly to the world: “The CCP is not only the pioneer for China’s working class, but for all of China’s people and its nationality as well.” This suggests that the CCP has already abandoned the nature of the proletarian party, and has evolved into a party for all the people. Yet the critical issue is not what the CCP claims itself to be, but what it has displayed its real nature to be. The revision of the CCP Bylaws, a byproduct of Jiang Zemin’s so-called “Three Represents”, has taken down the “for sale” sign and become the self-proclaimed pioneer for the “working class” — not a bad thing. Yet, it is impossible for the CCP to represent the interests of both the working class and the capitalist class. It is essentially a one-party dictatorship that attempts to create an interest group out of the minority group and the capitalist class, in order to suppress the majority.

The CCP Bylaws recognize the existence of class struggle in China: “At the present stage… because of domestic elements and international influence, class struggle will exist for a long time within a certain scope and could intensify under certain conditions, but it is no longer the principal paradox.” (The CCP Bylaws — General Statement) Here, “class struggle” does not refer to that between two classes in particular, although it is generally understood as the struggle between the proletarian class and the bourgeois class. Yet the bourgeois class has already changed in terms of its ingredients, and it is no longer the bourgeois referred to by Marx, nor the one opposed by Mao Zedong. It is a bourgeois with Chinese characteristics since the ruling Communist dictatorship is now an important element of this class.

In fact, China’s current principal paradox is not the one “between people’s increasing demand for material culture and the backward productivity of society,” as outlined by the CCP Bylaws. The widening gap between the poor and the rich as well as the reality of class division are the main issues facing today’s society in China. The ruling CCP uses the power in hand to take home the country’s resources and form an alliance with rising capitalists, in order to, without conscience, exploit workers and peasants. It has become an enormous power and capital system with Chinese characteristics. If it continues on its current path, class conflict will inevitably become the principal paradox of society, and class struggle will lead to social unrest and the country’s ultimate collapse. The 16th CCP Congress has avoided and downplayed class conflict, a major societal ill, as it would appear to lead China on another painful journey of revolution.

The CCP has evolved into a power and capital group. It has also created a bourgeois class and become its self-appointed spokesperson. Hence, China’s workers, peasants, and people of other sectors have become the CCP's rivals and its targets for suppression and control. We have not yet seen any large-scale conflict between the capitalists and the workers although Chinese capitalists, and small business owners in particular, are quite cruel in exploiting the workers. However, we are witnessing large-scale confrontations between workers and the Communist authorities. The strikes by workers in Daqing, Liaoyang, and Fusun have been confrontations with the CCP power group, for the purpose of protecting the interests of workers. If such confrontations come in the form of class struggle, my understanding is that the CCP has already become such an enormous power group that it would even confront the entire working class and working people.

Without reform in the political system, social conflicts will inevitably accumulate. When the quantity reaches high enough, the quality is sure to change. We hope we will not see intensified confrontations between classes. But if they occur, we know that it is the CCP that is the creator of the social unrest, and thus, it should bear all its criminal responsibilities in history.

* Zhao Dagong is a free-lance columnist.

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