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Press Quotes Mao, Hu As Urging Students To Trust Party

December 1, 1985

PEKING (AP) _ The state-run press on Sunday quoted the late Chairman Mao Tse-tung and current Communist Party General Secretary Hu Yaobang as saying youth should trust the party to take China down the correct road.

The front pages of the Communist Party newspaper People’s Daily (Renmin Ribao) and other papers reported that Hu told Communist Youth League officials Saturday: ″Youth League members should strengthen their belief in communism″ and study Marxist theory and the history of the Chinese revolution.

The same newspapers also reprinted on their front pages a 1939 speech by Mao commemorating the ″December 9th″ student uprising against the Japanese invasion of northern China.

Following recent anti-Japanese protests by students in Peking and other cities, the government has launched an extensive campaign to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the ″December 9th″ uprising, apparently to divert possible student activism on the anniversary.

Frequent press reports have urged youth to contribute to the Communist Party’s economic reforms, avoid independent movements that could disturb China’s peace and stability, and shun anti-Japanese sentiment.

Sources close to the student protesters who spoke on condition of anonymity have said their discontent appears aimed not only at the Japanese, but also at rampant corruption under the reforms.

The news reports said Hu and other senior leaders met with Youth League officials following a two-day conference of the league held Thursday and Friday.

Mao’s speech detailed what he said was the ″intimate relationship″ between the Communist Red Army’s actions against the Japanese invaders and the ″December 9th″ movement.

The Communist Party was the backbone of the movement, and the uprising would not have been happened without the party, the speech said.

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