Late elder 'firm backer of Jiang'

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 23 May, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 23 May, 1995, 12:00am

PARTY elder Chen Yun, who died last month, had 'absolute confidence and trust' in Communist Party boss Jiang Zemin, according to a eulogy by a conservative party leader.

The eulogy, written by Song Ping three days ago and released yesterday by Xinhua (the New China News Agency), praised the former chairman of the now-defunct Central Advisory Commission as a model Marxist who stood the test of time.

It quoted a speech made by Chen last year in Shanghai in which he warned that the entire country would become unstable if the authority of the central party were not respected.

'In the Spring Festival in 1994, Chen made a speech which emphasised the importance of safeguarding and strengthening the authority of the central party with Jiang Zemin as the core,' Mr Song wrote.

'He then said nothing could be achieved if the central party had no authority, and society would become unstable.

'This fully illustrated the confidence and hope that Chen Yun had regarding the third generation of collective leadership with Jiang Zemin as the core,' Mr Song said.

The eulogy chastised cadres who failed to learn from Chen and lost faith in communism.

Mr Song is head of the Communist Party's so-called Gansu Faction, and still has a large say over personnel issues.

He lamented in the eulogy that many cadres no longer believed that communism was possible.

'There is no reason why we should shy away from talking about communism, especially now that we have had our revolution and have spent decades in building socialism,' he said.

'We will become short-sighted and lose our direction if we only care about the present and give up our ideals.' The eulogy said Chen had supported the 'correct decisions' made by senior leader Deng Xiaoping in the building of socialism on the mainland and in the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown.

No reference was made to the quasi-capitalist open-door reform policies which have been promoted by Mr Deng.