Reasons to Support China

The following videos are from the Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist)‘s celebration of China’s National Day, part of their Hands Off China campaign. These videos feature Harpal Brar of the CPGB-ML and Taimur Rahman of Communist Mazdoor Kissan Party – Pakistan (CMKP).

[Note: more videos from this meeting have been put online since I first posted this article, and I have added them here.]

The following three videos are of Comrade Harpal Brar’s talk:

Harpal Brar of CPGB-ML: Part 1 - Reasons to support China

Harpal Brar of CPGB-ML: Part 2 - China’s Internationalism

Harpal Brar of CPGB-ML: Part 3 - Lessons in Struggle

The next three videos are of Comrade Taimur Rahman’s talk:

Taimur Rahman of CMKP: Part 1 - the growth of China’s economy.

Taimur Rahman of CMKP: Part 2 – China’s Economy, capitalist or socialist?

Taimur Rahman of CMKP: Part 3 – China fights poverty

The following video is of the talk by Cde. Jack Shapiro, veteran member of the original CPGB of the 1920s, who is now a member of the CPGB-ML and honorary president of Hands off China.

Jack Shapiro: China’s socialism serves abled and disabled

The following two videos are of the talk by Cde. Kojo Gotfreid, former Ghanian liberation fighter and ambassador to China:

Kojo Gotfreid: Part 1 – Malcolm X on China and on Capitalism

Kojo Gotfried: Part 2 - China’s meaning to African Freedom Fighters

The following video is of Professor Mohammed Arif of British Afro-Asian Solidarity Organisation

Prof. Mohammed Arif: Message of support to Hands off China Campaign

The following video is of Cde. Hardev Dhillon of the Indian Workers Association (Great Britain)

Cde. Hardev Dhillon: Indian emancipation depends of Socialism

The following three videos are of Cde. Keith Bennett’s talk on China’s history:

Keith Bennett: Part 1 – Opium Wars to Liberation

Keith Bennett: Part 2 – Problems overcome by New China 
 
Keith Bennett: Part 3 – Chinese socialism serves the people
 

 

 

 

The following statement is from the Hands off China campaign:

 

Reasons to Support China

Socialist and anti-imperialist states have always been subjected to slanders and accusations by the imperialist press and academia. The endless clamour about ‘human rights abuses’ is a tired old technique for deceiving people. As Malcolm X once said: “If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”

Here we present five important facts about New China.

Life in China is better since the revolution

The Chinese Revolution (1949) and the birth of New China marked the end of feudal backwardness and over a hundred years of brutal semi-colonial domination and humiliation.

• Life expectancy used to be 35 years. Now it’s over 73.

• The literacy rate in China before the revolution was under 20%. Now it is over 91%, and for young people (aged 15 to 24) it is 99%. Every child in China receives nine years’ free education, and 21 % of Chinese youth go to university.

• In feudal China, women suffered intolerable cruelty and oppression – illiterate, with bound feet, and condemned to domestic slavery. The revolution is bringing about equality for women. Barbaric and oppressive practices are not tolerated, and women account for 46% of workers and 47% of school pupils.

• Infant deaths have dropped from 300 to 23 per 1,000.

• Unemployment has dropped from over 25% to 4% (significantly lower than in Britain, and with a developing social security system which seeks to ensure that the unemployed are properly supported).

China is wiping out poverty

• The UN says that China’s poverty alleviation strategy over the last two decades is “the most rapid decline in absolute poverty ever witnessed”.

• Since 1980, China has accounted for 75 percent of poverty reduction in the developing world. In that time, over 400 million (especially rural) Chinese have been lifted out of poverty. During the same time period in Britain, poverty levels have been rising steadily.

China supports developing countries

The People’s Republic of China leads the world in standing up to imperialist bullying. It has always been a crucial support for third-world countries trying to develop. Unlike the imperialist countries, it does not impose unfair trade terms, monopolise markets, create debt traps or force production of cash crops. It is smashing the pernicious clutch of western imperialism over Africa and Latin America.

• China provides a guaranteed market for such diverse commodities as Chilean copper, Argentinean wheat, Brazilian soy, Bolivian natural gas and Venezuelan oil. It is not perpetrating fraud or using bribery to foist disadvantageous contracts on any country.

• China has had aid projects all over Africa for decades.

• China actively supported the national-liberation movements against imperialism, colonialism and apartheid.

• China offers cheap and unconditional loans, as well as undertaking infrastructure projects at bargain prices.

China is focussed on ecologically sustainable development

Much is made of the fact that China has overtaken the US as the world’s leading carbon emitter, but people forget that China’s population is four times the US’s and many of China’s emissions result from foreign enterprises producing goods for export. Moreover, China’s industrial expansion is essentially geared to meeting its people’s needs, not to imperialist parasitism and waste. Nonetheless, China is committed to sustainable development and is becoming a world leader in environmental protection.

• The Climate Group says that China is the world’s leading renewable energy producer, with tremendous investments in solar, wind and biomass technologies.

• China’s wind energy capacity has doubled every year for three years and will be the world’s biggest by 2010.

• China is a world leader in solar technology.

China is a socialist country

• China has introduced certain elements of capitalist economy in order to foment quick growth; however, this is seen as a way of strengthening the material base for further developing socialism (similar to Lenin’s New Economic Policy).

• The Chinese state represents the working class in alliance with the peasantry. The Chinese working class is the ruling class of the country. The Communist Party of China’s policy remains to “rely wholeheartedly on the working class”.

• The labour unions and other mass organisations in China are tremendously powerful. The All-China Federation of Trade Unions is the largest trade union in the world, with 134 million members in 1.7m trade-union branches.

• The mobilisation in response to the Sichuan earthquake amply demonstrates the superiority of socialism. Huge numbers of aid workers, soldiers, officials and volunteers are still working tirelessly to provide food, clean water, accommodation, medicine and health care for the survivors; more than 140,000 soldiers of the People’s Liberation Army were deployed; and there was an outpouring of support from every part of the country. All this stands in stark contrast to the US state’s response to Hurricane Katrina.

• “We must uphold the viewpoint of historical materialism that it is the people who make history, remain committed to serving the people wholeheartedly and adhere to the mass line.” – President Hu Jintao

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One response to “Reasons to Support China

  1. All the attacks on China are because imperialism want to destroy socialism as an alternative for mankind.
    Imperialism cannot find any good solutions foor the big needs of the people in the world, because most people(living in the USA, in Europe but also in Africa for example) have not enough payment for their work so they can buy what they need. Because all capitalist “solutions” of needs (also the most elementary basic needs) are commodities you can BUY whent you have enough income.
    So one of the tasks of communists is to prove the superiority of socialism.
    An a concrete argument is indeed:

    “The mobilisation in response to the Sichuan earthquake amply demonstrates the superiority of socialism. Huge numbers of aid workers, soldiers, officials and volunteers are still working tirelessly to provide food, clean water, accommodation, medicine and health care for the survivors; more than 140,000 soldiers of the People’s Liberation Army were deployed; and there was an outpouring of support from every part of the country. All this stands in stark contrast to the US state’s response to Hurricane Katrina”.

    But you may not be blind, that, behalf of the extern attacks on the socialism in China, their are inside forces and those are growing which can be a danger for the socialism. Those forces are weakening the dictatorship of the workers (in alliance with the peasants).
    Those forces are the forces of revisionism that have become stronger after the dead of Mao Zedong.

    In this reply I have to be short, so I will give just an example of development of revisionism. I define revisionism as the bourgeois line (of protecting the continuing of existence of capitalism as much as possible) INSIDE the communist movement or inside a specific communist party. Revisionist develop their line using IDEALISM and METAPHYSICS covert under Marxist fraseology.

    One of the arguments that the revisionists inside the CCP give for their policy of “reform and opening” after 1978 is in fact:

    “China has introduced certain elements of capitalist economy in order to foment quick growth; however, this is seen as a way of strengthening the material base for further developing socialism (similar to Lenin’s New Economic Policy).”

    The main result of the economic policy after 1978 is indeed een enormous growth of…..
    COMMODITY-production. And “introducing certain elements of capitalist economy” was therefore the best option. This was NOT “similar with Lenin’s New Economic Policy”.

    You can read more of my arguments on my weblog:

    http://wetenschappelijksocialisme.blogspot.com/2008/07/revisionism-bourgoisie-inside-communist_31.html

    Because the income of millions of workers could raise indeed a lot (based on that enormous growth of production of commodities) that a big intern market has been created.
    But what when the capitalist crise will becoming to affect the “certain elements of capitalist economy”? What when hen the income of a lot of Chinese workers will not raise enough (all those –several hunderd of millions – peasants who stopped in agriculture and becoming intern migrants) to BUY the commodities produced under CAPITALIST productionrelations?
    All basic needs in China: medical care, all forms of social security, housing, mobility, higher studies, are more and more products that a Chines worker has to buy so becoming COMMDITIES. As long as it possible to raise the income of what is becoming a sort of middle class, the Deng Xiaoping way of “socialism” will work. But the contradictions in China, bound to the growth of that “certains elements of capitalist econmy” are also growing.
    The support of the Chinese Communist Party to the achievements of the Oktober revolution and to the socialist community in the world at that time where the USSR formed a big part of it, hindered them not to struggle against revisionism inside the CP-USSR. Because that revisionism was a danger for the whole international communist movement and also a danger for socialism in China.

    I don’t say that “capitalism has been restored in China”. Socialism and the dictatorschip of the workers in alliance whith the peasants still exist in China:

    “The mobilisation in response to the Sichuan earthquake amply demonstrates the superiority of socialism. ….All this stands in stark contrast to the US state’s response to Hurricane Katrina”

    At THAT moment socialism, that is based on production in function of the NEEDS, is indeed SUPERIOR of capitalism that is based on production of commodities you can BUY when you need them.
    But the Chinese Communists with the Chinese working class has to beat the bourgeois and capitalist forces that are growing, in order to protect the further existence of socialism in China.

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