Beneath Wen Jiabao‘s carefully layered comments, writes John Garnaut, there
is a profound challenge to the uncompromising manner in which the Chinese Communist Party has always gone about its business. And to grasp what the Cultural Revolution means to Wen Jiabao requires taking a journey through the life of his mentor, the 1980s reformist leader Hu Yaobang who ran the Communist Party in its most vibrant era.
Garnaut extensively quotes Hu Dehua, Hu Yaobang‘s youngest son, to explain Wen’s position. This story counts Hu Jintao, Wen Jiabao, Xi Jinping, and Li Keqiang in as open (Wen Jiabao) and not-so-open supporters of Hu Yaobang.