Li Fuchun

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Li Fuchun (Chinese: 李富春; pinyin: Lǐ Fùchūn; Wade–Giles: Li Fu-ch'un) (May 22, 1900 – January 9, 1975) was a politician of the Communist Party of China and the People's Republic of China.

Biography[edit]

Li Fuchun was born in Changsha, Hunan Province. After completing middle school in his home province, in 1919 he traveled to France to attend a work-study program and here he started his political activity. Fascinated by Marxism, in 1921 he joined the Socialist Youth of China and, in 1922, the Communist Party of China. The following year he married Cai Chang, Cai Hesen's sister. In 1925 he went to study in the Soviet Union, but he returned in China to take part at the Northern Expedition, serving as head of the political division of the National Revolutionary Army's 2nd Army and acting CPC secretary of Jiangxi Province. It was in this period that he met Mao Zedong, working with him at the Peasant Movement Training Institute.

Li Fuchun took part at all the Communist Party's major campaigns, including the Long March, during which he was vice-director of the General Political Department of the Red Army and political commissar. He later served as secretary of the CPC Committee for ShaanxiGansuNingxia. During the Second Sino-Japanese War, he held a number of jobs, including deputy head of the CPC Central Organization Department, head of the CPC Central Economic and Financial Department, and director of the General Office. In 1945 he was elected member of the CPC Central Committee.

During the 1945–1949 Liberation War (the final showdown between Communists and Nationalists), he had an important role in ruling Northern China, serving simultaneously as secretary of the CPC Manchuria Sub-Bureau, standing committee member and deputy secretary of the CPC Northeast Bureau, vice-chairman of the Northeast People's Government and deputy political commissar of the Northeast Military Region.

With the establishment of the People's Republic of China, both Li Fuchun and Cai Chang were transferred to Beijing. While she served as chairwoman of the All-China Women's Federation (a post she held until 1978), Li Fuchun was appointed deputy head of the Central Economic and Financial Commission under Chen Yun and Minister of Heavy Industry. In 1954 he was promoted to vice-premier and chairman of the State Planning Commission of the People's Republic of China, with the task of overseeing socialist economy planning in China. In 1956 he was also appointed member of the CPC Politburo, and co-opted in the CPC Secretariat in 1958.

At the start of the Cultural Revolution, during a reshuffle of the Party's central authority at the 11th Plenary Session of the 8th CPC Central Committee in August 1966, Li Fuchun was elected to the top Politburo Standing Committee. However, he started to manifest his intolerance towards the course of the Cultural Revolution. During a "general report conference of the Centre’s political work" in October 1966, Mao Zedong said of him: "Li Fuchun has been asked to rest for a year. Even I do not know who is in charge of the Planning Commission. Fuchun respects the Party discipline. He told some things to the Secretariat which were not reported to me." Later, in February 1967 he openly attacked the Cultural Revolution during a meeting along with other top leaders like Chen Yi, Li Xiannian and Nie Rongzhen; as a result, they were branded as the "February adverse current" and thoroughly criticized as revisionists.

Despite being part of the "February adverse current", Li Fuchun was elected to the 9th CPC Central Committee in 1969. After the fall of Lin Biao in 1971, Mao Zedong declared that the "February adverse current" was a closed chapter, and so Li Fuchun was completely rehabilitated. He was elected to the 10th CPC Central Committee in 1973 and also to the 4th National People's Congress in 1974, but he could not attend it as he died on January 9, 1975, just 4 days before its first session. He is still regarded as one of the main founders of China's socialist economy.

Political offices
Preceded by
Gao Gang
Chairman of the State Planning Commission of the People's Republic of China
1954–1975
Succeeded by
Yu Qiuli
Party political offices
New title Director of the CPC General Office
1942–1945
Succeeded by
Yang Shangkun
Military offices
Preceded by
Guo Zuolin
Acting
Director of the General Political Department of the People's Liberation Army
Acting

1934–1935
Succeeded by
Bo Gu
Acting