There was also a slow disassociation wth the original Marxist views that originally defined the party in 1949. From Mao, whose social group and influence was based heavily on ideology, Deng used the Cultural Revolution to pull China towards a more tolerant stance for economic policies. Eventually, under Jiang and Huo, the party no longer justified their aims using Marxist ideologies, but rather ideologes pertaining to Nationalism.
This is an interesting take from how Deng initially defined China's new path [in 1976] to be "socialist with Chinese characteristics". Apparently, this meant being loyal to the Chinese context, rather than the original belief system.