1981: The Year of the Verdicts

  • John Gardner
Part of the China in Focus Series book series


On 18 June 1979 Hua delivered his ‘Report on the Work of the Government’ to the second session of the fifth National People’s Congress in which he emphasised that the leadership was indeed attempting to create a fairer and more constitutional framework for the Chinese political system. Then he dwelt on the fact that class-based divisions and ‘labels’ of the Maoist era were no longer appropriate. Landlords, rich peasants and capitalists had ceased to exist as separate classes, he said, and he also noted that ‘the work of removing the Rightist label from those designated as such has been completed, and most of those who were wrongly labelled have been rehabilitated’.


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Notes and References

  1. 8.
    D. Gaspar, ‘The Chinese National People’s Congress’, in D. Nelson and S. White, (ed.), Communist Legislatures in Comparative Perspective, (London: Macmillan, 1982).Google Scholar
  2. 10.
    Lin Nan, ‘Lin Biao Sirenbang Liang Jituan Yushen Xiaoji’, (‘The Pre-trial of the Lin Biao and Gang of Four Cliques’), Zhengming, (Contend) October 1980, pp. 48–9.Google Scholar
  3. 16.
    Lo Bing, ‘Zhonggong Hexin Gaizu Ji’ (‘Reorganization of the Core of the Chinese Communist Party’), in Zhengming, (Contend) February 1981, pp. 48–9.Google Scholar

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