China's Road to Development by Neville Maxwell

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Still other workers were on what were called "triple combination teams" made up of technicians, administrators, and workers. These teams managed technical innovations and quality supervision or drafted rules and regulations for safety and maintenance schedules. The factory level of authority made up of a revolutionary committee and a core of Communist Party members could rotate assignments in the office with those on the shop floor. This approach to management was summed up in what the Chinese called the "Anshan Constitution", a series of five broad principles concerning participation and leadership in factory management enunciated by Mao in the early 1960s.

First, China has demonstrated the importance of industrialization to economic development; that the large resources initially devoted to iron and steel, machinebuilding, non-ferrous metals, oil, electric power, and chemicals were indispensable in establishing a base for later advances in agriculture, transportation, consumer goods, and military weapons, and in freeing the economy from its dependency on foreign direction and influence. The initial stress on heavy industry, rather than on infrastructure and consumer goods, was made possible only by socialist aid and trade.

First, China has demonstrated the importance of industrialization to economic development; that the large resources initially devoted to iron and steel, machinebuilding, non-ferrous metals, oil, electric power, and chemicals were indispensable in establishing a base for later advances in agriculture, transportation, consumer goods, and military weapons, and in freeing the economy from its dependency on foreign direction and influence. The initial stress on heavy industry, rather than on infrastructure and consumer goods, was made possible only by socialist aid and trade.

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