How to plan a clean break with the Chinese Communist Party

For the Nikkei Asian Review, Yuri Momoi writes about the Japanese Communist Party’s clean break with its Chinese socialist compatriots:

First, it deleted a positive reference to China that existed in the previous platform, which said Beijing was “beginning a new quest for socialism, including the effort to achieve socialism through a market economy.”

The new document avoids spelling out China but says, in language that echoes criticism of the USSR under Josef Stalin, that increasing “great-power chauvinism and hegemonism” among several major powers run counter to global peace and progress.

The change of tone was expressed more bluntly by JCP leader Kazuo Shii in a speech about the revisions, in which he referred to the Chinese Communist Party as “the Chinese party” in place of its proper name on several occasions.