Travelers from the central China metropolis of Wuhan reported today that scores of broken public bus windows and an important steel factory being closed to visitors are among lingering signs of difficulties in resolving last fall's factional fighting in China.
The travelers arriving here said their guides blames the broken bus windows on "troubles" before the purge of four leading Peking radicals in October, although the windows remained unrepaired a week ago. Although the guides said the steel factory was closed to visitors so that production could return to normal, one traveler said he heard that the guides did not want to show visitors that soldiers were now running the plant.
The account from the Wuman visitors, who are among the few to have seen recent Chinese trouble spots first-hand, coincide with recent official broadcasts referring to political October's sudden purge of Mao Tse-tung's widow, Chiang Ching, and three other Politburo members. The broadcasts suggest some lingering resistance to the rise of new Communist Party Chairman Hua Kuo-feng and his plans to overhaul the 30-million-member Communist Party.
Wuhan, central China's most important industrial center, was one of the first areas following the October purge to issue an official report on factional fighting, which included deaths in at least one factory. The travelers, who asked not to be identified in order to preserve their chances of returning to China, said the city was the most obviously affected by recent political quarrels of a half-dozen Chinese cities they had visited in the past three weeks.
A Saturday radio broadcast from Wuhan, monitored here, used the same language found in other recess provincial broadcasts to describe on-going efforts to root out those who followed Chiang and are blamed for the factional strife.
"We must criticize them penetratingly and thoroughly and eliminate the remnant poison, plunge the revolutionary enthusiasm stimulated in the struggle to expose and criticize the gang of four into grasping revolution and promoting production . . ." the broadcast said.
A Saturday broadcast from Kwelchow Province indicated some dissatisfaction with the results of a four-month-old campaign to encourage universal allegiance to Hua and his new administration.
"As to those enterprises where the ideology and line of the leadership groups are still not correct, bourgeoise factionalism has not yet been eliminated, management is in a mess and production has been unable to rise for a long time, they must adopt effective measures and strive for improvement within the first quarter," the broadcast said.
A broadcast from much-troubled east central Honan Province monitored here Sunday revealed one tactic used by local officials accused of ties to Chiang and her so-called radical colleagues. Such people are apparently arguing, with some reason, that they were only following official policy dictates sent out by Peking, where Chiang and her cohorts wielded great influence until October, and were not acting as personal lackeys of Chiang. The Homan broadcast, recounting the crimes of a local Chiang follower, retorted: "What does he mean 'following only the line, not a person? He actually followed both the line and the person."