On May 17, 2016, the People’s Daily published a commentary stating that the "Cultural Revolution" was a mistake that should not be repeated.
The commentary stated that the 1981 Party document, which was titled, “The Resolution on a Number of Historical Issues Since the Founding of the Party” conclusively determined that both the “Cultureal Revolution” and the “theory of continuing the revolution under the dictatorship of the proletariat” were totally wrong. “The political determination that the Resolution made about the ‘Cultural Revolution’ is unshakably authoritative.”
“It was a mistake for the leader to launch the ‘Cultural Revolution,’ which was used by counter-revolutionary groups. It brought a severe disaster of domestic strife to the Party, the State, and the people of all nationalities. The harm it caused was comprehensive and grave. History has fully proved that the ‘Cultural Revolution’ was completely wrong in theory and in practice. It was not and could never be a revolution or social progress in any sense.”
The article emphasized that mistakes like the "Cultural Revolution" will not and cannot be allowed to be repeated. It urged that [the people] must learn the lesson by heart and must resolutely prevent and resist interference from both the "left" and the "right" on the issue of the "Cultural Revolution".
Source: People’s Daily, May 17, 2016