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China and World Revolution

(May 1975)

From International Socialism (1st series), No.78, May 1975, pp.7-27.
Transcribed & marked up by Einde O’ Callaghan for the Encyclopaedia of Trotskyism On-Line (ETOL).

‘The basic programme of the Communist Party of China is the complete overthrow of the bourgeoisie and all other exploiting classes, the establishment of the dictatorship of the proletariat in place of the dictatorship of the bourgeoisie and the triumph of socialism over capitalism. The ultimate aim of the Party is the realisation of communism ...

‘The Communist Party of China upholds proletarian internationalism and opposes Great Power chauvinism; it firmly unites with genuine Marxist-Leninist parties and organisations the world over, unites with the proletariat, the oppressed peoples and nations of the whole world and fight together with them to oppose the hegemonism of the two superpowers ...’
(Constitution of the Communist Party of China, 28 August 1973)

‘The name “Soviet”, like the name “Communist Party”, can be used by Bolsheviks or Mensheviks, by Marxist-Leninists or revisionists. What is decisive is not the name but the essence, not the form but the content.’
(People’s Daily, 17 March 1971)


1. China: Imperial and Republican

2. China and Economic Development

3. The Nature of the Regime

4. The Chinese Regime

5. China’s Policies Abroad

6. World Crisis

Works Cited

Some Notes on Foreign Policy

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