Style in the Politics and Foreign Policy of Communist China.

by Melvin Gurtov


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In this analysis of the interrelationships between internal politics and external policy in China under Mao, the term "style" is used to indicate characteristics of one leadership's way of dealing with its society and the world. The sense of "Chineseness" and China's destiny, authority and unanimity, contradiction and struggle are elements of style in Communist China's foreign and domestic politics. Mao's style has been to regard struggle as inevitable, to interpret resistance to struggle as the signal for its intensification, and to reject reconciliation by compromise. There are indications that Mao is fighting a losing battle against a slow-moving tide of change that is not induced by hostility to Maoist ideology or by a desire to sweep Mao out of power, but rather by a belief that Maoism, with its emphasis on revolutionization, must be modified if it is to remain relevant to China's needs and serve China's national interests. 38 pp.

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