I just watched a small video from Hong Kong’s pro-communist media Phoenix TV about an incident that happened when Mao-era Chinese Communist Premier Zhou Enlai went to Beijing Rengyi to pay a visit before the traditional New Year on January 27, 1960.
Due to the scarcity of resources, Beijing Rengyi served Zhou Enlai, Deng Yingchao, Chen Yi and others with homemade iced sugar gourds during the famous “Great Famine” period in history. After Chen Yi joked that the people went to the theater to eat the iced sugar gourds, Zhou Enlai said that this was an indication that there was not enough food to eat, that their stomachs were empty and that the masses were hungry. So those present were silent. Soon, it was Zhou Enlai who broke the silence and danced the first dance with Deng Yingchao. What kind of person is Zhou who can commit to dancing immediately after making this statement?
This kind of propaganda by the pro-communist media and the party media is certainly in line with the Chinese Communist Party’s need for political propaganda of a “good premier” who “cares about the people”. However, the real Zhou Enlai was not a “people-oriented” person as propagated by the media. On the contrary, he was a treacherous person who put the lives of millions of people at risk and pretended to be a hypocrite. Knowing full well that there was not enough food to eat, that the people were starving, and that tens of millions of people had died of hunger, Zhou Enlai followed Mao’s instructions at that time, and in order to expand the power of the Communist Party, he repeatedly instructed the Ministry of Foreign Trade that grain, soybeans, vegetable oil, etc. “must be squeezed out by all means for export”, and that “some commodities, such as meat, should be sold on the domestic market to ensure that they can be exported. Some commodities, such as meat, should be compressed for sale in the domestic market to ensure exports. Some commodities, such as fruits, tea and various small local products, should be exported as far as possible, and the surplus should be sold in the domestic market.”
For example, free aid to Albania. In particular, after the Soviet Union interrupted its economic aid to Albania in the spring of 1961, the CPC provided 250 million yuan of foreign exchange in aid and undertook 19 complete projects, in addition to hundreds of thousands of tons of grain to Albania. It also happened at that time that a grain ship from Canada that was supposed to sail to China turned around and sailed to Albania because it needed aid, while tens of millions of Chinese people were being or had been starved to death. Zhou Enlai, who was in charge of the day-to-day work, may have been the one to give the order.
Then again, in 1960, when the per capita grain consumption ration for urban residents dropped to less than one catty (in some cities only 3 taels), Zhou Enlai granted 2,000 tons of grain to produce Maotai wine for the enjoyment and export of high-ranking officials.
What exactly was Zhou Enlai responsible for in the great famine that occurred between 1959 and 1960, when at least 35 million people starved to death, other than the one-party system of the Chinese Communist Party and Mao’s causes?
Dr. Frank Kikotter, a Dutch scholar of modern Chinese history, in his monograph “The Famine Mao Made: The Story of China’s Greatest Disaster,” argues that in addition to Mao’s responsibility, “the second, third and fourth …… figures (of the CCP) were also to blame “, which included Zhou Enlai. According to Ding Lyr, an overseas expert in CPC history, Zhou Enlai advocated stopping the adventurous advance at the beginning of the “Great Leap Forward”, and immediately turned to support the “Great Leap Forward” for self-preservation after being severely criticized by Mao, and deliberately concealed from Mao the fact that countless people were starving to death. He also deliberately hid the truth of the “Great Famine” from Mao.
According to an article written by Tian Junwu, a mainland blogger, “Why did Zhou Enlai order the destruction of statistics on the number of deaths in China during the three years of natural disasters? The article reveals that China has accurate statistics on the number of people who died of starvation during the Great Famine in Henan in 1942, but not during the 3-year famine, because Zhou Enlai had ordered the destruction of the figures.
According to the article, at the end of 1961, Chen Guodong, the former Chinese Communist Party Minister of Food, Jia Qi Yun, the Minister of Statistics, and Zhou Bo Ping, the Director of the General Office of the Ministry of Food, conducted an investigation into the number of people who died of starvation during the 3-year famine. in the 1980s, Zhou Bo Ping gave a lecture and report at the Institute of Population of the Academy of Social Sciences, and told an incident that the three of them asked each province to fill out a table on how many people died of starvation, saying it was tens of millions. After reading this statistical report, Zhou Enlai ordered them to destroy it quickly. After a week, Zhou Enlai was still uneasy and called them again to ask if you had destroyed it, and they said they had, even the memories in their heads were destroyed.
Why did Zhou Enlai order the destruction of the numbers of people who were starved to death? Was it because he was afraid that Mao would find out? Or was he afraid of losing his official position? Or was he afraid of taking the blame for his death? No matter which reason, Zhou Enlai chose to help the enemy, and his apparent concern is just another manifestation of his two-faced face.
It was also in this three-year “famine” that Mao chose to pay his debts in advance, without the Soviet Union forcing him to do so, while Zhou followed suit. In his report in 1964, Zhou Enlai said, “We have not only paid off our debts, but have also put forward much larger sums of money and materials to support the socialist and nationalist countries than the amount of foreign debts repaid during this period.” This shows that paying off the foreign debt did not constitute a major burden, and that it was possible to support the “little socialist brothers”, but the only thing that mattered was how many Chinese people were starved to death. It is indeed time for Zhou’s skin to be fully lifted.