The 'operational code' belief system of Hua Guofeng : chairman of the communist party and premier of the state council, Peoples Republic of China
Labrecque, Terence P.
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The objective of this thesis is to identify and define the operational code of Hua Guofeng. Insight into his estimates of situations and a greater understanding of the norms, standards and guidelines which influence his choice of strategy and tactics is gained. Findings: (1) Hua views the international system as conflictual and protracted. Superpower negemony is the primary source of this conflict. Third World unity is required to create world peace. (2) Hua views conflict as zero-sum in nature yet, believes it is necessary for the realization of goals. (3) Hua is highly optimistic and is certain that time is China's ally. (4) Hua believes in the predictability and irresistibility of historical development. The role of a leader is to actively guide history in a direction favorable to his people. (5) A highly structured framework is a prerequisite for establishing and achieving goals. (6) Hua advocates thorough preparation prior to any undertaking. (7) Goals are pursued incrementally according to plan. Hua possesses a keen understanding of the nature of power and refrains from acting without adequate strength. (8) Hua's operational code has been consistent over time.