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Open Letter To US-China People’s Friendship Association


First Published: People’s Tribune, Vol. 3, No. 17, August 1, 1976.
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Ladies and Gentlemen,

We were deeply disgusted to learn recently that a woman had been denied permission to travel with your organization to the People’s Republic of China on the grounds that she was allegedly associated with the Communist Labor Party, and the Communist Labor Party, according to you, is “anti-China.”

This form of attack on the Communist Labor Party is nothing new. Organizations such as yours have always attacked us for not immediately embracing everything that comes out of China simple because it is Chinese.

When Lin Piao was riding high, we were accused of being “anti-China” because we did not bow down before him and ape his pious adulation of Mao Tse-Tung. But whom did events prove right? Lin Piao was exposed as a traitor, whose cult of Mao Tse-Tung was a smokescreen to hide plots to murder Mao Tse-tung and usurp power. Who was anti-China then? Those who fought against putting Mao on a pedestal where he would an easy target; or the “new left,” who trotted faithfully behind Lin Piao and his henchmen?

More recently we were accused of being “anti-China” because we understood that Teng, purged as a right-winger in 1966, had not changed his stripes. Leftists around the country attacked us for exposing Teng as the Khrushchov of China, whose policy toward the Angolan revolution would lead a disastrous defeat, not of the Angolan Revolution, but of the Teng grouping. Once again, who proved right? We first exposed Teng in the December 1, 1975 People’s Tribune. In March, 1976, he was purged by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China. The “leftists” in this country, who so staunchly defended Teng, said nothing. No self-criticism, no analysis of what he stood for, was forward. How can we take people seriously who do not take themselves seriously?

The facts clearly prove that the Communist Labor Party has always defended the interests of the Chinese revolution, exposing enemies of the revolution and refusing to uncritically support any individuals or groups who place China’s national interests before internationalism and Marxism-Leninism. The socialist revolution in China is objective, developing independent of the wills of individuals. The Communist Labor Party has always defended that on-going revolution, and attacked all of those who sought to hinder its development and wreck it. In response to the rotten opportunism and political dishonesty of the U.S. China People’s Friendship Association we state again, as we have always done, Long Live the Chinese Revolution! Long Live Socialism!