Yan'an Rectification Movement

Persecution in troubled times

When the Communist Party took control of the mainland, only two of the party's 13 founding members, Mao Zedong and Dong Biwu, made it to the Tiananmen rostrum for a grand ceremony to mark the founding of the People's Republic on October 1, 1949.

Saturday, 2 July, 2011, 12:00am

Mao's Invisible Hand

Mao's Invisible Hand edited by Sebastian Heilmann, Elizabeth Perry Harvard

This book attempts to answer one of the great puzzles of international politics. Twenty years after the demise of communism in the Soviet Union and Europe, how has the party remained in power in China and delivered three decades of remarkable growth?

19 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Four other prominent figures faced labels as rightists; one recovered, rose to premier

Zhu Rongji


Born in Hunan , Zhu was premier from March 1998 to March 2003. Of the 550,000 people officially condemned in the anti-rightist campaign, he acquired the most prominent post after rehabilitation.

25 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Blooming of discontent

May 1956

Mao Zedong urges intellectuals to help advance the cause of socialism, saying: 'Let a hundred flowers bloom, let a hundred schools of thought contend'

April 1957

Communist Party orders 'rectification campaign' to raise ideological status of party, government officials and intellectuals

May 1957

24 Apr 2007 - 12:00am