Chinese Communist Party Chairman Hu Yaobang has called for greater democracy in all walks of life and more popular participation in management of community affairs.
GV Great Hall of the People in Beijing ZOOM TO SV Party Chairman Hu Yaobang addressing Congress.
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Background: Chinese Communist Party Chairman Hu Yaobang has called for greater democracy in all walks of life and more popular participation in management of community affairs. In a report to the Party's twelfth Congress, which opened on September 1 in Beijing, Mr. Hu indirectly attacked his predecessor Hua Guofeng for advocating leftist policies and obstructing reforms. Chairman Hu said Mr. Hua's report at the eleventh Congress five years ago, upheld Mao Tsetung's erroneous theories, policies and slogans. Mr. Hua, Mao's chosen successor, was demoted to the position of sixth Vice-Chairman by the ruling Central Committee in June 1981. Chairman Hu is a protege of the powerful Vice-Chairman Deng Xiaoping, whose policies, he said, had contributed to the Party's recent successes. Mr. Hu told the 1,700 delegates the Party had repudiated the misconceived Maoist theory of continuing revolution, and restored the original features of Mao Tsetung's thought. Mao Tsetung, still regarded as a great leader, has been widely criticised for extremist mistakes made in the last 20 years of his rule. On economic affairs, Mr. Hu said China was on the path of steady growth, thanks to recent agricultural reforms. The next five years, he said, must be devoted to material and spiritual gains.