Re: a website on rural China

From "Dale Wen" <>
Date Sun, 26 Mar 2006 21:46:37 -0600
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>I know that some of the XXJ people have been trying to get the Party
to >endorse their ideas about XXJ for years. So is that what is

Matt, unfortunately I don't think this is happening, at least not yet.
 I recently talked with some XXJ people, and was told that the
situation with the movement is not so good, they are still fighting an
uphill battle, and are getting criticism all over the place.

And with the talk for "Shehuizhuyi Xin Nongcun Jianshe (Socialist New
Village Construction)", it is the ideas of Justin Yifu Lin (who got
his eco. PhD from Chicago U) which are getting most spotlight--not a
very promising sign either.

But I think what "Socialist New Village Construction" really means is
not settled at all, different ideas are probably still fighting it out
as we speak.


On 3/26/06, Matt Hale <> wrote:
> Thanks for the link, Hairong.
> Does anyone know any details about the Party's new "Shehuizhuyi Xin Nongcun
> Jianshe (Socialist New Village Construction)" campaign and its relationship
> to the "Xin Xiangcun Jianshe (New Rural Reconstruction" movement associated
> with Wen Tiejun et al? Hans mentioned this Party campaign a while back - it
> was introduced as part of the new five year plan (last November I think?) -
> see:
> Hans also pointed out the similarity between the two "yundong (campaigns/
> movements)", and I know that some of the XXJ people have been trying to get
> the Party to endorse their ideas about XXJ for years. So is that what is
> happening? Is there any remaining difference between the two? I find it
> especially interesting that this website Hairong forwarded is using the same
> language as the Party campaign, "SXNJ", and yet it is speaking positively
> about things to which the Party is officially opposed, such the Mao-era
> People's Communes. I think it was unusual to see any positive discussion of
> People's Communes even in the quasi-non-governmental venue of XXJ websites a
> few months ago (although Hans pointed out that He Xuefeng has published
> several things of that nature on the Sannong Zhongguo website). I'm afraid
> that I read Chinese extremely slowly, so I've only just begun to browse the
> website, and I still don't know much about either XXJ or SXNJ. I would be
> grateful to read any insights on these developments that list members can
> contribute.
> Thanks,
> Matt
> >From: YAN Hairong <>
> >To:
> >CC:
> >Subject: a website on rural China
> >Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2006 18:17:10 -0600
> >
> >Hi friends,
> >
> >I have just learned about a very interesting Chinese language
> >website on socialist rural China that focuses on People's
> >Commune(renming gongshe). It should be of interest to those
> >who are concerned with rural issues in China and who are more
> >broadly concerned with socialism.
> >
> >
> >
> >Yan Hairong

Dale Wen, Ph.D.
International Forum on Globalization/China project

I recently published a report about China and globalization
A shorter English version
A longer Chinese version