Maotai (spirit), ‘the National Liquor’ of the Communist China, is filled with history of massacre, sham and sins.
In 1958, Mao Zedong launched the CCP’s Second Five Year Plan, a.k.a. “The Great Leap Forward”, leading to the Great Chinese Famine (1959 to 1961), which, according to studies, caused starvations of 35 to 40 million, making it the worst famine in human history.
The CCP claimed the famine was a natural disaster, is this true?
Due to Mao’s policy, China was forced to reconstruct from an agrarian economy in to an equalitarianism one, and any production surplus was required to be collectively shared with others. This directly led to the collapse of China’s then farming industry, and the volume of harvest also declined drastically during that 3 years. Despite of all that, if people were to tighten the belts and stretch a little harder, with the help of an effective government allocation, the death toll could have been significantly reduced.
However, on the contrary, the CCP chose to massively expand productions on the Maotai (spirit) – a severe grain-consuming decision that completely drained up then China’s civilian grain supplies.
According to Yanhuang Chunqiu magazine, during this three-year period, Maotai production increased dramatically, with a combined output of 2,079 tons, of which 1,939 tons were for domestic consumption.
“You need to make 10,000 tons (of Maotai), and ensure the quality!” Mao instructed Zhou Lin, then Guizhou Provincial Party Committee’s first secretary, in Chengdu in 1958.
It is said that the Maotai (spirit) produced during that time were of great collection value, and the earthenware-bottled Maotai produced in 1958 was auctioned for 1,456,000 yuan, the highest record price for the liquor and spirits in Communist China.
The amount of grain needed to produce 10,000 tons of Maotai (spirit).
It is estimated that to produce a ton of Maotai (spirit) requires 5 tons of grain. According to the statistics of raw grain used by the Maotai distillery in the past years, the actual grain used during these three years was 22.6 million jin (one jin is equivalent to 500 grams) , including 10.85 million jin of sorghum and 11.75 million jin of wheat, which translates into a total of 11,300 tons. (“Renhuai County Annals”, page 553). This begs the question: where did so much grain come from during the three-year famine?
According to the Renhuai County Annals, where Maotai (spirit) was produced, the country had about 200,000 farmers at the time, and the annual per capita statistics at the time allocated grain was at about 300 jin. If the grain used to produce Maotai (spirit) was used for relief supplies, each person would have received an average of about 100 jin. In other words, 2,079 tons of Maotai (spirit) was equivalent to about 200,000 people’s rations for 3 months. In other words, a significantly higher number of people could have survived the spring famine, the most challenging moment of the Great Chinese Famine.
China’s pre-CCP brewing ethics
Folk brewers in China had always been following the ethical bottom line and market rules of “not to brew when there isn’t enough grain for food”. In 1937, the then Guizhou provincial government issued the “Rules of Punishment for Brewing”, which clearly stated that brewing wine, boiling sugar and scraping cloth with rice pulp were prohibited during natural disasters and periods of food shortages (From the Guizhou Provincial Records. Grain Annals), and that those who violates the rules shall be severely punished.
Today, top CCP officials are still keeping Maotai (spirit) production at full throttle, for their own enjoyment, while a large number of common Chinese people are still suffering from starvation or a shortage of food supplies. The CCP is willing to sacrifice the Chinese people to satisfy its demand for the “National Liquor”. This tells us the evil nature of the CCP.
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