Special to WorldTribune.com
China’s supreme leader Xi Jinping marked his 60th birthday last weekend by launching a Mao-style “mass line political education” campaign in an apparent effort to raise the moral standards of the 83 million members of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
The official Xinhua news agency quoted Xi as saying earlier this week that the CCP must wage a “thorough cleanup of undesirable work styles such as formalism, bureaucratism, hedonism and extravagance.”
“Winning or losing public support is an issue that concerns the CCP’s survival or extinction,” Xi stressed.
Veteran party members in Beijing, however, have expressed cynicism about yet another Mao-style effort to change the mentality and worldview of party members through classic “political education campaigns.”
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