China Deconstructs: Politics, Trade and Regionalism by David S.G. Goodman, Gerald Segal

By David S.G. Goodman, Gerald Segal

First released in 1994. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa corporation.

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The politics of regionalism 15 point, rather than because an independent (of the CCP) regionalism has emerged. For example, as a precursor to the Great Leap Forward, when the CCP was about to introduce a higher degree of decentralisation in management of the economy, a rectification campaign against ‘political regionalism’ was carried out amongst provincial leaders. Education about the purpose and methods of decentralisation, and indeed the programmes of the Great Leap, was the main goal. 17 It seems reasonable to assume that a similar dynamic is behind the national leadership’s more recent concern with ‘localism’, and its characterisation and criticism of certain kinds of regional economic activity as the emergence of ‘duke economies’.

For example, as a precursor to the Great Leap Forward, when the CCP was about to introduce a higher degree of decentralisation in management of the economy, a rectification campaign against ‘political regionalism’ was carried out amongst provincial leaders. Education about the purpose and methods of decentralisation, and indeed the programmes of the Great Leap, was the main goal. 17 It seems reasonable to assume that a similar dynamic is behind the national leadership’s more recent concern with ‘localism’, and its characterisation and criticism of certain kinds of regional economic activity as the emergence of ‘duke economies’.

All who dwelt within the borders of the old Empire were to be made to think of themselves as members of the Chinese ‘race’, all who worked the Loess plains of the Yellow River, the paddies of the Yangtze Valley and the sugar plantations of south China were to be made conscious of their status as ‘Chinese peasants’, and the many soldiers who tramped across the land under a hundred standards and speaking as many tongues were each and every one to count themselves ‘citizens’ of a Chinese Republic.

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