Soviet Rev­o­lu­tion hon­ored

Work­shop marks 100th an­niver­sary of Bol­she­vik tri­umph

Global Times - - Front Page - By Yang Sheng

The up­com­ing 100th an­niver­sary of the Oc­to­ber Rev­o­lu­tion has prompted the Com­mu­nist Party of China (CPC) to re­flect on the col­lapse of the Soviet Union and trig­gered a surge of “red tours” to Rus­sia.

The Bol­she­vik-led rev­o­lu­tion in 1917 was in­stru­men­tal in the cre­ation of the for­mer Soviet Union.

An “Oc­to­ber Rev­o­lu­tion and So­cial­ism with Chi­nese Char­ac­ter­is­tics” work­shop was held in Beijing on Tues­day. Liu Qibao, a mem­ber of the Po­lit­i­cal Bureau of the Com­mu­nist Party of China’s Cen­tral Com­mit­tee and head of the Party’s Pub­lic­ity De­part­ment, de­liv­ered a speech, the Peo­ple’s Daily re­ported on Wed­nes­day.

“The fail­ure of the Soviet Union’s so­cial­ist path has mul­ti­ple rea­sons in­clud­ing con­ser­va­tive­ness and rigid­ity, but the most fun­da­men­tal rea­son is the de­vi­a­tion from the path of Marx­ism-Lenin­ism and the so­cial­ist path started by the Oc­to­ber Rev­o­lu­tion,” Liu said at the work­shop.

“The Soviet Union’s fail­ure in the econ­omy was caused by its con­ser­va­tive po­lit­i­cal sys­tem which re­fused to re­form and dis­trib­uted too many re­sources to the mil­i­tary. When prob­lems could not be hid­den in the 1980s, it started to re­form with­out ad­her­ing to the Party’s prin­ci­ples. But it was too late and this di­rectly caused the col­lapse. This is our view on the fail­ure of the Soviet Union since Deng Xiaop­ing’s era,” said Su Wei, a pro­fes­sor at the Chongqing Mu­nic­i­pal Party Com­mit­tee’s Party School.

Liu said 100 years ago China was a weak, poor, eas­ily bul­lied and in­vaded coun­try. “But now, we have never been so close to the goal of the great re­ju­ve­na­tion of the Chi­nese na­tion and we have more con­fi­dence and ca­pa­bil­ity than at any stage in our his­tory to achieve this goal.”

The root cause of this huge change was “we have cho­sen the path started by the Oc­to­ber Rev­o­lu­tion and we com­bined the fun­da­men­tals of Marx­ism-Lenin­ism and

the re­al­ity of our coun­try’s rev­o­lu­tion, con­struc­tion and devel­op­ment. That’s why we dis­cov­ered a path suit­able for our na­tional con­di­tions that lead us to the great re­ju­ve­na­tion,” Liu said.

Red tourism

Due to the spe­cial his­tor­i­cal con­nec­tion be­tween China and Rus­sia, the two coun­tries’ tourism au­thor­i­ties are plan­ning and pre­par­ing “redthemed” tours to meet the de­mands of Chi­nese tourists.

A tourism ex­change pro­gram be­tween China and Rus­sia was held in Cen­tral China’s Hu­nan Prov­ince at Shaoshan, the home­town of Mao Ze­dong, the Xin­hua News Agency re­ported on Septem­ber 21.

In St. Peters­burg, known as Pet­ro­grad from 1914 to 1924, the lo­cal govern­ment touts prod­ucts as­so­ci­ated with the Soviet Union to co­in­cide with the 100th an­niver­sary of the Oc­to­ber Rev­o­lu­tion, in­clud­ing itin­er­ar­ies with the themes “Chi­nese Com­rades in Red Pet­ro­grad” and the “Fe­bru­ary Rev­o­lu­tion in Pet­ro­grad.”

Young thoughts

The Great Oc­to­ber So­cial­ist Rev­o­lu­tion, which falls on Novem­ber 7, ap­pears in many Chi­nese his­tory text­books. How­ever, not many Chi­nese teenagers fully un­der­stand the Oc­to­ber Rev­o­lu­tion or the his­tory of the for­mer Soviet Union.

“Most of us were born af­ter the 1990s, and so when we started to learn his­tory about other coun­tries, the Soviet Union had al­ready col­lapsed, mak­ing this part of his­tory very strange and dis­tant from us,” said an un­der­grad­u­ate stu­dent sur­named Li, 22, from the Beijing-based Ren­min Univer­sity of China.

An­other stu­dent sur­named Liu, 24, from Ts­inghua Univer­sity, told the Global Times that “Al­though the Oc­to­ber Rev­o­lu­tion en­light­ened the found­ing fa­thers of the CPC, the CPC didn’t fol­low the Rus­sians’ method­ol­ogy. Mao’s rev­o­lu­tion was very dif­fer­ent from Lenin’s, so I think the Nan­chang Up­ris­ing and the Long March are more im­por­tant to us.”

“Al­though the Oc­to­ber Rev­o­lu­tion started in Rus­sia, it ex­erted an im­pact upon all hu­man civ­i­liza­tion. China of­fers the only hope of mak­ing the jour­ney started by the Oc­to­ber Rev­o­lu­tion shine again and so prove the cor­rect­ness of that path. So for China, the Oc­to­ber Rev­o­lu­tion also needs to be com­mem­o­rated,” Su said.

Photo: AFP

A worker washes a statue of the founder of the Soviet Union Vladimir Lenin at Moscow Square in Saint Peters­burg on Thurs­day. This year Rus­sia will mark the 100th an­niver­sary of the Bol­she­vik Rev­o­lu­tion also known as the Oc­to­ber Rev­o­lu­tion.

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