PATRIARCH Deng Xiaoping and the late conservative elder Chen Yun were allies rather than the long-time foes widely reported overseas, according to the latest issue of Mirror. The pro-Beijing Hong Kong monthly said that without Chen, Mr Deng would have found it hard to turn his views into the unified will and actions of the whole Chinese Communist Party. Chen never openly opposed the economic reforms launched by Mr Deng and was willing to revise some of his own 'outdated' viewpoints, the magazine said. 'Chen Yun used his unique way and status to support and co-operate with Deng Xiaoping. This should be fully affirmed,' it said. The two heavyweights maintained a unified stand on a number of major issues and were the main force in protecting the ruling status and leadership of the Communist Party, the magazine said. It added that Mr Deng dared not take risks in confronting Chen not only because he was grateful for Chen's support for his return to power after the downfall of the Gang of Four, but also due to the high prestige that Chen enjoyed in the party. Although the two elders held differing views over the party's late general secretary Hu Yaobang and sacked party chief Zhao Ziyang, Chen did not attempt to seize power from Mr Deng. Chen even rebuked those who used his ideas to attack Mr Deng, the Mirror said. On the downfall of Mr Zhao, Chen simply gave his consent to Mr Zhao's dismissal, the monthly noted, and later supported an end to the two-year investigation into Mr Zhao's alleged attempt to split the party. However, Chen was criticised by many over his arranging for children of senior cadres to be appointed to leading positions at various levels of the party and the Government, the Mirror said.