First Published: The Call, Vol. 6, No. 43, November 7, 1977.
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The Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP), which is fond of peddling reactionary views under the mantle of the “vanguard party,” is continuing in its subtle, but divisive campaign against the People’s Republic of China.
As many of our readers know, the RCP has identified itself with the reactionary “gang of four,” who were defeated in their attempts to seize power and restore capitalism in China last year. Since their defeat, the RCP has kept all news of the great victories in China out of their newspaper. RCP has refused to support Chairman Hua Kuo-feng and the newly elected leadership of the Chinese Communist Party, using the same logic as Jimmy Carter and his fellow U.S. imperialists–if you don’t recognize them, maybe they will go away.
The great victories of the 11th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party and the consolidation of the struggle with the “gang of four” have proven once again that these hopes are merely dreams of reactionaries and opportunists.
On the occasion of the 28th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, the RCP (obviously facing resistance from its own rank and file) was forced to break its long silence and begrudgingly send a “message of greetings.” But a careful look at the message shows that the RCP leadership has no intention of breaking with their back-stabbing policies towards China.
Nowhere in the convoluted “message of greetings” is there a mention of Chairman Hua or of the great victory over the “gang.” Instead, the RCP opportunists convey their assurance that China will be able to “conquer every difficulty and win still greater victories.”
But to those who have heard the RCP whisper campaign against the Chinese Communist Party and the Chinese people; to those who have heard these opportunists defend the “gang of four” and claim that China has gone “revisionist” and shout other slanderous rumors born in Moscow and Washington, D.C., it becomes clear exactly what “difficulties” they want to overcome and whose “victory” they are cheering for.
Despite RCP’s wishes and despite their support for the “four gangsters,” the Chinese people have issued their verdict. The situation in China is excellent.