Qiushi, the bi-monthly political theory journal published by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CCP), will call for further implementation of the country’s reform and opening-up policy.
Qiushi replaced Red Flag as the flagship magazine of the CCP in 1988, when the latter was shut-down by Deng Xiaoping as the party sought distance itself from its Maoist roots.
The latest issue, published on Tuesday, will contain an article, “Sparing no effort to push forward reform and opening-up”, which praises the policy, initiated by Deng in the 1970s, as “absolutely correct”.
The article promises that any “standstill or regression will find no way out”. The timing of the piece is important, arriving as it does just before the CPC’s 18th National Congress when the once-in-a-decade leadership transition will take place. The article praises outgoing General Secretary Hu Jintao and may be a move by his contingent within the CPC to shore up support for his anointed successor, Xi Jinping.