The Fourth Plenum of the 11th CPC Central Committee
Communique of the Fourth Plenary Session of the 11th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China
September 28, 1979
THE 11th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China held its fourth plenary session in Beijing from September 25 to 28, 1979.
Present were 189 Members and 118 Alternate Members of the Central Committee. Chairman Hua Guofeng and Vice-Chairmen Ye Jianying, Deng Xiaoping, Li Xiannian, Chen Yun and Wang Dongxing of the C.P.C. Central Committee, and other Members of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee attended. Sixteen other responsible comrades of the central organs and local Party committees were present as observers. Comrade Hua Guofeng presided over the session and made an important speech.
The plenary session took place shortly before the 30th anniversary of the founding of the great People's Republic of China and in circumstances marked by a series of major victories won in the three years since the downfall of the gang of four and by the shift of focus in the Party's work to socialist modernization. The main task of the session was to discuss and approve the speech that Comrade Ye Jianying is to make on behalf of the Party Central Committee, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress and the State Council at the meeting to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, and the Decisions of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China on Some Questions Concerning the Acceleration of Agricultural Development.
The plenary session unanimously approved Comrade Ye Jianying's speech. It held that the speech gives high appraisal to the immortal contributions of our great leader and teacher Comrade Mao Zedong, his close comrades-in-arms Comrades Zhou Enlai and Zhu De, and other proletarian revolutionaries of the older generation, gives a full review of the fighting course New China traversed in the 30 years after its founding, makes a profound criticism of the ultra-Left line which the counter-revolutionary conspiratorial cliques of Lin Biao and the gang of four deliberately invented and pushed, provides an initial summation of China's basic experience in socialist revolution and construction and clearly points out the direction for further implementation of the guidelines of the Third Plenary Session of the Party's 11th Central Committee and the Second Session of the Fifth National People's Congress. Before the speech was submitted to the plenary session for discussion, a wide section of Party members and a number of the leading members of the democratic parties and some non-Party personages had been asked to give their opinions. The speech is a historic document of great importance, one to guide the work of the whole Party, the whole army and the whole country for a long period. When it is delivered, it will inspire the whole Party, the whole army and the people of all nationalities throughout the country and encourage them greatly to unite as one and march valiantly towards the grand goal of socialist modernization.
The plenary session unanimously approved the Decisions of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China on Some Questions Concerning the Acceleration of Agricultural Development. The draft of the decisions, which had been approved in principle by the Third Plenary Session of the 11th Central Committee of the Party and was studied, discussed and put into trial use throughout the country in the past nine months, has been warmly welcomed by the peasant masses in their hundreds of millions and has produced splendid results. The present plenary session made necessary revisions in the draft on the basis of the results of nationwide discussions and trial implementation and after summing up the views of the masses and cadres. The analysis of the present state of China's agriculture, the summation of historical experience and the plans for modernizing agriculture made in the Decisions officially endorsed at the present plenary session conform to actual conditions and are correct; the principles and policies outlined in them meet the needs of China at the present stage in developing agricultural production and the wishes of the people. The plenary session was convinced that issuance and implementation of the Decisions would have a far-reaching influence on the following fields of work and give them great impetus - further emancipating the minds of the large numbers of rural cadres, fully mobilizing the enthusiasm of the hundreds of millions of peasants, consolidating and developing the excellent situation in the countryside, speeding up the growth of agriculture and realizing the four modernizations.
In order to enable a number of long-tested veteran comrades to play a more important role in the political life of the Party and the state, to strengthen the Party Central Committee's leadership and to meet the needs of the new situation and tasks, the plenary session, through consultation and secret ballot, elected 12 comrades - Wang Heshou, Liu Lanbo, Liu Lantao, An Ziwen, Li Chang, Yang Shangkun, Zhou Yang, Lu Dingyi, Hong Xuezhi, Peng Zhen, Jiang Nanxiang and Bo Yibo - additional Members of the Party Central Committee. This is subject to confirmation by the 12th National Congress of the Party. Comrade Zhao Ziyang, Alternate Member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee, and Comrade Peng Zhen, Member of the Central Committee, were elected Members of the Political Bureau.
The plenary session held that our present task is to unite the people of all nationalities of the country and mobilize all positive factors to work as one, go all out, aim high and build a modern and powerful socialist country with greater, faster, better and more economical results. The plenary session issued the following call to the whole Party, the whole army and the people of all nationalities throughout the country: Conscientiously study the important speech delivered by Comrade Ye Jianying at the meeting to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China and act in its spirit, conscientiously study and implement the Decisions of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China on Some Questions Concerning the Acceleration of Agricultural Development; keep deepening the criticism of the crimes of the counter-revolutionary conspiratorial cliques of Lin Biao and the gang of four in close combination with present realities, criticize the ultra-Left line they had invented and pushed deliberately and eradicate their poisonous influence, broaden and deepen the study and discussion of the question of what is the criterion for testing truth, and resolutely unify thinking and action in accordance with the guidelines of the Third Plenary Session of the 11th Central Committee of the Party and the Second Session of the Fifth National People's Congress; rally still more closely around the Party Central Committee and promote the emancipation of thinking, promote stability and unity and the four modernizations; and firmly implement the principle of readjusting, restructuring, consolidating and improving the national economy, and go all out and seize every minute to work for victory in the first battle for the four modernizations!
(NO. 40, OCTOBER 5 1979)