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Marxist-Leninist Organizing Committee

Class Struggle Sharpens in China


First Published: Unite!, Vol. 2, No. 2, n.d. [1976].
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It is clear, as Chairman Mao has pointed out, that “the capitalist roaders are still on the capitalist road” in China. The recent counter-revolutionary demonstrations in Tien An Men Square, the attempt to reverse the historic course charted by the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, all point to the fact that imperialism and bourgeois reaction are doing all they can to exert internal and external pressure on Great Socialist China, the dictatorship of the proletariat, the Communist Party of China and the correct leadership of Comrade Mao Tse-tung.

The recent counter-revolutionary acts in China were aimed squarely at the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, Chairman Mao’s revolutionary line, the Communist Party of China and all the cadres and masses who faithfully adhere to Chairman Mao’s revolutionary line. These events are an extremely sharp lesson in class struggle. The “General Program” and taking the three directives as the key link advanced by the capitalist-readers contained the proposal to alter the Party’s basic line and bring about an all round restoration of capitalism; turning upside down the relationship between “commanding and commanded in the relations between revolution and production and between politics and the economy.” In short, these die-hard schemes sing the dead songs of all past capitalist-readers, promoting a theory of productive forces.

They deny that the key link in the historical period of socialism is class struggle and seek to undermine the proletarian dictatorship by reversing the correct verdicts won by hundreds of millions of workers and peasants in struggle against bourgeois reaction.

These recent events should be a warning to all revolutionary Marxist-Leninists and progressive people around the world to pay close attention to the deepening class struggle in China, heighten our vigilance against the two superpowers, and deepen the friendship between the people of the U.S. and the People’s Republic of China.

In addition to the efforts of a small handful within China to turn around the verdict of hundreds of millions of workers and peasants and to follow the road of Krushchevite revisionism and the restoration of capitalism, there has emerged a full international campaign against the Communist Party of China and Comrade Mao Tsetung, led and orchestrated by the modern revisionists, social democrats and liberals of all hues, supported materially by monopoly capitalism.

This campaign promotes the bourgeois lies that everything is unstable in China, that there is a power struggle in the party, that the future is uncertain, etc. These illusions were widely spread during and after the recent Fourth National Peoples Congress, particularly in Europe.

Recently, with the sharpening of contradictions in Africa in general, and Angola in particular, these same reactionaries are suggesting that China failed to fulfill her proletarian internationalist duty, supported only one of the national-liberation movements, conciliated with South African presence in Angola, is now isolated in the world and lacks ties with national-liberation movements. All such lies and distortions are not merely the ravings of confused liberals, but a carefully generated plan to intensify the bourgeois attack upon the Communist Party of China.

The MLOC would make a fundamental distinction between those who, out of honest confusion, supported only the MPLA, while at the same time calling for the removal of Soviet, Cuban and South African troops from Angola and Africa, recognizing the international leadership of the Communist Party of China; and counter-revolutionaries who suggest that the principal danger to the African people is other than Soviet social-imperialism, who suggest that the puppet Cuban troops were fulfilling their internationalist duty, or suggest that China is isolated now and without any friends. This latter group of anti-communists cannot be considered merely confused, but to be objectively taking up the line of Soviet social-imperialism. As comrade Enver Hoxha stated, “A fool’s foolishness, even of a political character, may be excused once, but when it is repeated many times over, then this is a line.”

The Central Committee of the MLOC calls upon all Marxist-Leninists, militant workers, revolutionary intellectuals, farmers and other progressive strata to heighten our vigilance against the campaign of internal and external pressure being conducted against the Great Socialist China.

Once in recent memory such a campaign succeeded, temporarily, in the restoration of capitalism in the U.S.S.R. As the Communist Party of China and Chairman Mao have pointed out, this must be resolutely guarded against in China at all costs, against those who “wear a Chinese coat but walk the Russian road.”

The Central Committee of the MLOC calls upon all revolutionary-minded people to lend their full support to the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and Comrade Hua Kuo-Feng, the new vice-chairman of the CC of the Communist Party of China and Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China. We must spare no effort to deepen and expand the bonds of friendship between the people of China and the United States, between the Communist Party of China and all Marxist-Leninists of this country, AND HEIGHTEN OUR STRUGGLE AGAINST THE TWO SUPERPOWERS AND THEIR THREAT OF IMPERIALIST WAR.

We recognize that the efforts by bourgeois reaction, both internal and external, are bound to intensify as the crisis of capitalism deepens. It is their logic to “make trouble, fail, make trouble, fail again.”

It is the proletarian internationalist duty of all revolutionary and progressive forces worldwide to uphold and defend the dictatorship of the proletariat in China.

We take a positive lesson from the fact that it was primarily the worker militiamen, in coordination with the Peoples Police and the Peoples Liberation Army guard, on order from the Peking Revolutionary Committee, who took resolute measures to enforce the proletarian dictatorship. This is a clear expression of the genuine nature and strength of the dictatorship of the proletariat in China.