Introduction Road to Common Program


The Common Program is a compromise between the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and other political parties and social organization. This agreement has been reached during a special conference, namely the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). This conference is held from September 21, 1949 untill September 30, 1949.
The CPPCC is formed to discuss the future of China and to establish a new state inspired by the Common Program. The word “Common” refers to the extensive participation of non-Communist elites in its drafting, a reflection of the Communist Party’s “united front” strategy. The Common Program was in force between 1949 and 1954.

He Jiangsui remarks: "China, whose voyage differed from the common western path, offers some remarkable puzzles. Firstly, unlike the dispersive powers in European countries before the modern epoch, China enjoyed the centralized and powerful administration in its long history. Secondly, in contrast to the concentration of state power during the state-building in Western Europe, China experienced the destruction of the former centralized state following the fall of the Chinese empire. Under these circumstances, several political groups could be identified through their distinct agendas in re-building a centralized state power. Finally, China’s state-building project was eventually completed by the communists. Therefore, distinct from the prototype of the Western states, specific political and social features could be perceived in China’s state-building project.
He Jiangsui (2008). Identifying mistakes to discipline a New State: The rectification campaigns in China's land reform, 1946-1952. PhD., University of California. Page 9-10

In the next 13 parts the story of the establishment of the CPPCC will be told.


Literature....
1. He Jiangsui (2008). Identifying mistakes to discipline a New State : The rectification campaigns in China's land reform, 1946-1952. PhD., University of California. Page 9-10 Back
Further Reading
Doc.1. The Common Program
Part 1: The period between 1911-1949