First Published: The Call, Vol. 6, No. 29, July 25, 1977.
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The People’s Republic of China today stands as a great beacon to the world’s people, showing the immeasurable superiority of socialism over capitalism. China’s revolution has not only liberated some 800 million people directly, but it has provided the oppressed people in every country with a bastion of support for their struggles.
Because of the revolutionary role China plays, it has always come under heavy attack from the U.S. imperialists and the Soviet social-imperialists. This has been particularly true since the death of Chairman Mao Tsetung last year and the defeat of the reactionary “gang of four.”
China’s enemies have used this complicated period to slander the Chinese Communist Party, distort Chairman Mao’s great contributions to Marxism and have tried to discredit China’s new leader, Hua Kuo-feng. This is all a desperate attempt to get the world’s people to turn away from the path of revolution so brilliantly illuminated by China.
At the same time, some of those who claim to be “friends of China,” “anti-revisionists” and even “upholders of Marxism-Leninism-Mao Tsetung Thought” have also been carrying out similar attacks. This phenomenon exists internationally as well as in the United States. In this country it is typified by the Revolutionary Communist Party.
RCP’s newspaper Revolution has refused to inform its readers about the momentous victory of the Chinese people in smashing the efforts of the “gang of four” to restore capitalism, even though nine months have passed since this event. Meanwhile, RCP’s leaders have been heard at several public forums, chiming in with the rest of the revisionists and the Trotskyites to insinuate that “revisionists” have taken power in China.
As recent articles in The Call have pointed out, the RCP has also tried to use its influence within the U.S.-China People’s Friendship Association to keep that organization from taking a firm stand in support of Chairman Hua and his leadership of the struggle against the “gang of four.”
These not-so-subtle attacks against China have their origins in the fact that the RCP leadership has never really broken with revisionism nor embraced Marxism-Leninism-Mao Tsetung Thought. This is especially true on the question of the international situation, where RCP’s line stands in sharp contrast to the Marxist-Leninist line on every point.
While Marxist-Leninists throughout the world uphold Chairman Mao’s concept of the three worlds as a starting point for determining the friends and enemies of the proletariat internationally, RCP negates this great theory. They deny for example, that the third world is the main force fighting imperialism today. Instead, they repeat the lies of the revisionists and Trotskyites that the third world governments are all “puppets” of or the other superpower.
On the question of the two superpowers themselves, RCP insists that the U.S. and the US are “equally dangerous.” This only serves to cover up for the Soviet social-imperialists, who are fact the most aggressive and most dangerous imperialists in the world today.
RCP’s slanders against Chairman Hua, their tacit support for the “gang of four” and their attacks on the theory of the three worlds are only aiding the imperialists and revisionists in their efforts to spread confusion and demoralization.
We call on the honest Marxist-Leninists inside the RCP to break with this revisionist line and take up the struggle for unity around the genuine Marxist-Leninist line embodied in the Program of the Communist Party (Marxist-Leninist).