Though the Chinese Communist Party proclaimed a new ideology that would create an ideal society and government, in reality the government was dysfunctional and unable to resolve differences among its factions in a constructive way. Even those who were most committed to the new government and its ideology, such as Zhou Enlai and Lin Biao, ended up being criticized and “purged” when Mao perceived them as a threat to his power. Political change was brought about through campaigns to discredit and destroy rivals, even killing them or sending them to prison or into exile, and frequently the personal jealousies of leaders dictated their actions. The situation was reminiscent of the palace intrigues that shaped the politics of imperial China.
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