Hu is Popular?

“A few days ago, I went to inspect the drought-hit areas of southwest Guizhou. “Walking in this land, looking at the mountains and rivers here, I cannot help but think of Comrade Yaobang 24 years ago when we came here on an inspection together.”

Wen Jiabao (温家宝), chief councillor, remembering late Communist Party general secretary Hu Yaobang (胡耀邦), published by People’s Daily on April 15.

Yet Premier Wen’s letter is less a personal reflection on days past and more a wake-up call to the growing estrangement between leadership and common people.   The practice of editorializing through publications such as the People’s Daily is as old as the establishment of the People’s Republic of China.

Don Weinland, Global Voices, reviewing the open letter and reactions on April 17



再回兴义忆耀邦, People’s Daily, April 5, 2010
Meeting Hu Yaobang and Hu Qiaomu, April 17, 2009
China Plans to Honor a Reformer, Washington Post, Sept 9, 2005

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