Definitions for "Contradictions"
The Chinese use this term to indicate competitive or conflicting relationships between any two aspects of nature or human society. Class struggle, for example, represents a contradiction between the interests of the bourgeoisie and the proletariat. "Antagonistic" contraditions can only be resolved through struggle; "non-antagonistic" contradictions, on the other hand, can be resolved through discussion and debate. Examples of "non-antagonistic" contradictions might include the competing needs of the urban and rural sectors of Chinese society or disputes among "the people" (as opposed to between antagonistic classes. Cf. the "Ten Major Relationships" and "Three Major Differences.")