CHINESE party elder Bo Yibo yesterday lashed out at disobedient cadres and technocrats who had lost faith in Marxist ideals. In a rare interview in the national press, Mr Bo - a close ally of patriarch Deng Xiaoping - also threw his weight behind Communist Party boss Jiang Zemin. But at the same time the 86-year-old warned that the Communist Party was doomed if leaders failed to listen to dissenting views from the public. 'We must remember the famous dictum by Comrade Xiaoping: a ruling party should not be afraid of voices of the people. What it should be afraid of is when there is no more noise, but silence.' Political analysts have noted a series of articles in the national media recently which have focused on party discipline and the urgent need for political reform. They pointed out that Mr Bo was one of the few 'comrades' who Mr Deng relied on to disseminate instructions on major state policies. The People's Daily last week published a commentary which said a policy should be carried out only if it had the support of the people. It was later followed by a Xinhua (New China News Agency) report that said China would popularise a public opinions collection system to solicit views on government policies. In yesterday's interview, Mr Bo stressed that Mr Jiang was chosen by Mr Deng to lead China into the next century. Mr Bo quoted Mr Deng as stressing that the party must now rally behind Mr Jiang as 'the core of the third generation' of Chinese leaders, following on from Mao Zedong and Mr Deng himself. 'I believe that view to be absolutely correct,' Mr Bo said. 'We must have a strong and resolute collective leadership.' Mr Bo also warned regional leaders not to challenge the authority of the party's central administration and to remain in step with Beijing. 'If our party can't be united and maintain the same pace on major issues . . . or if we allow the present phenomenon of corruption to continue unchecked . . . then our whole modernisation enterprise will face severe difficulties or even setbacks,' Mr Bo said. 'This is not an imaginary threat but a lesson we learned from our painful experience.' He pointed both to disobedient regional officials and technocrats who had neglected their political training, saying such people could have no place in future leadership. 'I have noticed that Comrade Jiang Zemin has stressed repeatedly that . . . many cadres are very good in knowledge like science, technology and management . . . but they must also realise they lack training in the basic theory of Marxism,' Mr Bo said. 'I believe this is a very correct view and I fully agree with it.' Mr Bo hit out at cadres who did not listen to Beijing's orders, warning such wayward behaviour would lead to anarchy and could not be tolerated. He offered examples from China's communist history to demonstrate that 'democratic centralism' - or the provinces' submission to central authority - had played a vital role in the 'victory of the revolution and reforms'. 'Deng Xiaoping said you cannot carry out policies that oppose the central Government,' Mr Bo said. 'Therefore comrades, when you study the decisions of the fourth plenum of the 14th party congress, you must learn from historical experiences.' The plenum, held in September, passed a resolution which focused on reinforcing party discipline and the leadership of Mr Jiang. Mr Bo dismissed criticism that the plenum paid too much attention to politics and neglected the economy. 'Some cadres have raised the point in our discussion . . . whether we should also focus on the economy. At one point, I also had the same view, but looking back on our history . . . then I realise this plenum has truly grasped the overall picture of the state and the party and this is very correct,' he said.