Xi Jinping is the only one among the Chinese leaders in the post-Mao Zedong era to have turned the anti-corruption slogan into real action, said Qi Benyu, a Chinese Communist theorist and propagandist who was active during the Cultural Revolution.
Xi, with his deep understanding of Maoism, is also well placed to be a true successor to the legacy of the founding father of the People’s Republic, Qi told Ming Pao Daily.
As the last member of the ultra-left Cultural Revolution Group formed in 1966, Qi, who is now 83, said he hopes Xi can learn from Mao and lead the country back to the path of proletarian revolution.
Qi, who now lives in Shanghai, is believed by some to have helped heat up the atmosphere during the Cultural Revolution. He is said to have contributed to the events that led to the purge of Liu Shaoqi, who was China’s President from 1959 to 1968 and was once Mao’s right-hand man in propaganda. Qi later spent 18 years in prison after being knocked down in a political struggle.
Qi is convinced that Maoism is the right ideology for China, instead of the reform and opening-up initiatives launched by former leader Deng Xiaoping. He believes the so-called Communism with Chinese features is mere capitalism, and that it has only helped widen the wealth gap, spawn corruption and trigger environmental damage and moral decay.
Now Qi sees Xi as the person who could revive Maoism. Xi should push for revolution all way until it really succeeds and brings down special interest groups, Qi said.
If Xi cannot turn China back to socialism, he at least should take Russian President Vladimir Putin as an example and confiscate illegal assets held by the elites, Ming Pao quoted Qi as saying in an exclusive interview.
He said he was happy to see Beijing’s anti-corruption drive lead to the fall of former security czar Zhou Yongkang, and former vice chairman of the Central Military Commission Xu Caihou.
Qi urged the Chinese government to adopt Mao’s methods to re-launch revolution so that China can return to socialism. At the same time, people should be allowed to express their opinions freely and openly, in both oral and written form, in order to root out corruption, he said.
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