ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Faction-forming in China The Lin Piao Incident

for his rightist goals. Analyses of recent events in, China generally describe them as .a conflict between 'moderates' and 'radicals', Such simple categorisation of the participants in the political process in China obscures more than it clarifies because it oversimplifies a very complex set of relationships among these participants. After a careful review of political developments and the kind of alliances which had been underway since the time of the Cultural Revolution, Ginneken has grouped these alliances into three categories: 1) alliances based on political opinions and political style, 2) alliances based on institutional affiliation, and 3) alliances based on personal relations.

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