The impact of the October Revolution on CPC leadership : three generations and beyond
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The October Revolution of Russia, which led to the foundation of the Soviet Union, remains memorable in parts of the world. Politically and ideologically, China is one of the key countries that still appeals to the spirit of the October Revolution on official occasions. The October Revolution offered theories that legitimized China’s struggle for independence and equality through the use of force and diplomacy. Finally, the concept of a worldwide revolution aiming to liberate the “working peoples all over the world” rightly fits the Chinese notion of “all peoples are under heaven”. One of the key founders of the Chinese Communist Party (CPC) was Mao Zedong, who was committed to a new order wherein “peace would then reign over the entire world according to equality, equity and justice.” The article argues that challenges are to arise after the current leadership headed by Xi Jinping leaves their positions, for it becomes imperative for the ruling elite in Beijing to hold a grand vision as well as the courage to “objectively and responsibly” regard the October Revolution and its long-term impact on China in the new century.
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