Chinese Post War Economic Growth By Kreston Thomas Asian Politics ± Hemstock

June 18, 2010 Fayetteville State University

Chinese Post War Economic Growth

China¶s economic growth faced a rocky road after the effects of War World II. In the 1920's Mao Zedong organized a revolution with the formation of peasants, strategic combat, and eventually as campaigned to become a political leader. In October 1949, Mao established the People's Republic of China as he becomes leader of PRC ( He set out to increase the economic order and establish a better political system, modeled after Soviet Union's recent communist success. He coined this term Maoism in which he mixed views of Marxism, Stalin, and Lenin, into a new communist vision (Nicholas D. Kristof). The people of China have been plagued with war, social conflict, and high inflation in the past 50 years. In 1950, China began its reconstruction as new leaders lobbied for restoring the economy and rebuilding industries. Inflation was a top priority as the war damaged. Mao Zedong becomes President of the PRC and launches a 5-year plan for instant industrialization of China. This is called the Great Leap Forward which Mao campaigned for change as the leader of the communist party. The Great Leap Forward started a new economic program to raise agriculture manufacturing and industrial production (Yan Jiaqi). Rural farmers worked hard to support the new plan by being innovative and creative with the little resources they owned. The spirit of a hardworking society became prevalent to peasants, once forgot in the booming industries in metropolitan areas in East China. Workers displayed patriotism, shouting slogans while working, displaying flag for high visibility, and created new communes with long work hours in different industries. The idea of competing with the United States in steel manufacturing, the country could become successful. The steel industry grew tremendously, yet

the quality of the goods were noted to be fragile and weak version of steel. Rural location used backyard furnaces to process the materials and even giving up their own possession for the sake of Mao¶s revolutionary plan. The farming industries began to crash as each eager commune inflated projected production outputs (, 2010). Each commune would compete in honor of Mao's vision to increase production. Some peasants starved as communes gave all the produced grain to keep figures high. Over 30 million people died of famine and farms became vacated as workers decreased and resources were scarce. Mao became a prestige figure and the loyalty caused a communication gap where no one dared to speak out against the Chairman.

This first campaign for change had led to 20-40 million starving citizens and the Great Leap Forward was established to combat this and other economic issues, currently hurting the country. He encourages anyone to challenge the government, although this led to weeding out of dissidents and punishment for the opposition Others in the political party questioned, yet fearfully kept commentary away from Mao or general public. In the 1960, Mao¶s critics began to gain power, including Liu Shaoqui, Deng Xiaoping, and Peng Dehuai. Peng was removed

from his duties as Mao accused him of being against the views of the country. He was later replaced by his good friend, Lin Biao, a peasant and military veteran. Liu and Deng began to retreat some ideas of collectivism and tried to reverse some of the negative impact from Mao¶s previous failures. Mao began a Socialist Education Movement in 1962, with hopes of gaining more control and respect as a national icon. Mao Zedong aimed to educate children on Maoist ideology via literature and at different venues such as communes and factories. An ongoing power struggle and political opposition occurred in a subtle manner. In 1965, Mao¶s fourth wife and socialite, Jiang Qing, joined Mao¶s direction and publicly started attacking performing art pieces that were derogatory to her husband (MacFarquhar, Roderick and Schoenhals, Michael). Mao directed his propaganda toward high level officials who did not show respect for all people and Liu Shaoqi shared ideas of helping rid the delinquency of peasants. In 1966, Mao launched a crucial campaign when his hopes and dreams crumble before him, called the Cultural Revolution. The Cultural Revolution began a series of attacks on artist and educators who seem threatening to the new plan. Lin Biao publicly promoted Mao¶s personality and gave much respect to the Chairman (Gao Yuan ). Mao created security and military forces to help propel the political parities agenda, using high school and college students, known as red guards. These students were encouraged to defend Mao¶s plan and travel to meet other young activists, gaining control over multiple regions. He encouraged youth migration to Beijing with all expenses paid by the government. The red guards who were ordered to destroy old Buddhist literature, Christian paraphernalia, religious temples, and anything that was deemed threatening in starting Mao's revolution. The red guards publicly destroyed items. Mao created a red book to describe the practices and views of his positions. It

was published in 39 languages and over 3.5 billion copies, which amounted to 5 copies per person, including infants (, 2010). These were available everywhere to boost propaganda. The book included an outline of Mao's revolution and was carried and read everywhere people went. Mao brought leader, Peng Dehuai, to Beijing for public humiliation of his policies. The communist and authorative approach also began to kill many who opposed the new perspective plan for the nation, leaving educators and anti-government critics dead. Mao ordered military not to interfere with the destructive tactics of the red guards. This led to over 700,000 dead to eliminate opposition against their future plans in controlling China. Also, the invasion of Tibet caused the Buddhism spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, and 100, 000 of his followers to flee to India, while China and Soviets began disagreeing on political issues. Local governments stopped functioning as Mao encouraged employees to oppose or be charged with being against his policies. In 1970, Mao ordered red guards to move to the rural areas, called the ³Down to the Countryside Movement´. This movement would cause less social disruption and more order to inner cities. After a long period of time, these young persons were allowed to return to inner city living. Mao¶s successor, Lin Biao, became overly asserted in gaining more power. The removal of another leader, Chen Boda, served as a warning to Lin as Mao becomes suspicious of the intentions of growing party members (Jin, Qiu). The increased fame of Lin Biao and desire to become Vice President made Mao worry about his own safety, as Lin would inherit control of China. In 1971, Lin Biao dies in a plane crash with his wife and son, under unknown circumstances. The death signifies more power for Mao¶s wife, Jiang Qing. She began to take control over communication networks, such as, media broadcast and print industries. Jing aimed

attacks at other political leaders, notably, Zhou Enlai. Zhou later died and received a flood of supporters at the funeral concessions. Jing was fearful the support could change the people¶s perspective on current policies and issues. She launches media attacks against Deng. Mao later died the same year causing an emotional impact on Chinese citizens. Hua Geofeng was next in power after a scribed note left by Mao legitimized his position. Mao¶s wife and three other associates coined the Gang of Four, are arrested. Deng Xiaoping is reinstated and gains more power as Hua is pressured to allow him into central government (Deng, Rong). Deng continues to push issues of Mao by using the help of his protégé, Hu Yaobang. Hu writes an article that creatively describes Deng¶s ideology in parallel to Mao¶s most cherished values. Political parties began to criticize one another and openly discuss issues and Deng introduces ³Beijing Spring´ for formal debates(, 2010). He becomes more popular with great policies and visiting the United States for open relations in hopes of recovering the Chinese economy. Deng pushed for more foreign trade and for students to study abroad in modernized nations. China began to produce more agriculture and supply the world as Japan and Europe competed in higher end products or markets. Deng help to push reform for farmers and by 1984, 98% of farm households were under a responsibility system (Deng, Rong). Incentives spread across the agriculture industry and communes were vanishing. Poverty had decreased from 53% in Mao Era, to 19% in 1985. The new pricing system as well as diminishing state control in resource allocation became a key focus in the economic reform of the late 1980¶s (Gittings, John). The Chinese were allowed to choose their jobs as reforms pushed for higher wages and employer benefits. The country adopted practices of capitalist societies and integrated more technology in everyday business functions.

Students became active and protested policies as well. Many demonstrations took place which ultimately led to the resignation of Hu Yaobang as CCP General Secretary in January 1987. Li Peng and Zhao Ziyang were reinstated as leaders in the reform plan. Student movements grew fierce when inflation grew at an alarming rate (Michael Schoenhals). They pushed for more economic control and strict regulation against foreign influence in business industries. Hu Yaobang died in April 1989 and sparked a massive protest movement from citizens of urban areas. Some students camped out at Tiananmen Square to honor Hu¶s death and protest those against the reform. This protest was marked by many casualties and fatalities after government officials stepped in. The event lasted for the next seven weeks and was not fully cleared until June 4. Deng decides to resign and step down as Central Military Commission Chairman.

The next decade included more planning of banking and capital markets established throughout the country. Deng makes a great tour across China, making a political campaign for

new reformist views. He decides to retire completely from the political scene in 1992, yet was hailed a hero by many Chinese citizens. This was considered to be the Deng Era, although he formally retired. Most communist cadres only retired upon their death and did not believe of giving up their position merely because of old age. Deng Later died in 1997, marking the end of his Era and many others wary about the direction of the other leaders. Current trends indicate growth in technology as the company picks up automaker flaws in American manufacturing. They have been active in trade shows that have potential to help generate a healthier economy. Current GDP of 1952 ± 2009 is listed below:

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