Mao Zedong

Message of Greetings

To the Vth Congress of the Party of Labor of Albania

Written: November of 1966
First Published: Read out as part of a speech by Kang Sheng, head of the delegation of the Communist Party of China, attending the 5th congress of the Party of Labor of Albania.
Source: Communist and Workers' Parties and Marxist-Leninist Groups Greet the Fifth Congress of the Party of Labor of Albania, Held in Tirana from November 1 to November 8, 1966 (Naim Frashëri Publishing House, Tirana, 1966), pages. 3-6.
Transcription and HTML Markup: Juan Fajardo, October 2021.



Dear Comrades:

The Communist Party of China and the Chinese people send their warmest congratulations to the Fifth Congress of the Party of Labor of Albania.

We wish your Congress every success!

The glorious Party of Labor of Albania headed by Comrade Enver Hoxha is firmly holding aloft the revolutionary red banner of Marxism-Leninism while encircled ring upon ring by the imperialists and the modern revisionists.

Heroic people’s Albania has become a great beacon of socialism in Europe.

The revisionist leading clique of the Soviet Union, the Titoite clique of Yugoslavia and all the other cliques of renegades and scabs of various shades are mere dust heaps in comparison, while you, a lofty mountain, tower to the skies. They are flunkeys and accomplices of imperialism before which the prostrate themselves, while you are dauntless proletarian revolutionaries who dare to fight imperialism and its lackeys, fight the world’s tyrannical enemies.

The Soviet Union, Yugoslavia and every other country where the modern revisionist clique is in power have either changed color or are in the process of doing so. Capitalism has been or is being restored there, and the dictatorship of the proletariat has been or is being changed into the dictatorship of the bourgeoisie. Heroic socialist Albania has stood firm against this adverse counter-revolutionary current of revisionism. Persevering in the revolutionary Marxist-Leninist line, you have adopted a series of measures of revolutionizing and consolidating the dictatorship of the proletariat. Taking the path of socialism, you are building your country independently and have scored brilliant victories. You have contributed valuable experience to the history of the dictatorship of the proletariat.

«We have friends in this world, we are bound close to them, no matter how far we may be they are still our good neighbors». China and Albania are separated by thousands of mountains and rivers but our hearts are closely linked. We are your true friends and comrades and you are, likewise, our true friends and comrades. Neither we nor you are such false friends as those who have «honey on their lips and murder in their hearts», we are not double-dealers. Our militant revolutionary friendship has stood the test of violent storms.

The truth of Marxism-Leninism is on our side. The international proletariat is on our side. The oppressed nations and peoples are on our side. The masses of people who constitute over 90 per cent of the world’s population are on our side. We have friends all over the world. We are not afraid of being isolated and we shall never be isolated. The handful of pathetic creatures who oppose China and Albania are doomed to failure.

We are now in a great new era of world revolution. The revolutionary upheaval in Asia, Africa and Latin America is sure to deal the whole of the old world a decisive and crushing blow. The great victories of the Vietnamese people’s war against U.S. aggression and for the national salvation are convincing proof of this. The proletariat and working people of Europe, North America and Oceania are experiencing a new awakening. The U.S. imperialists and all other such parasites have already created their own grave-diggers; the day of their burial is not far off.

Naturally, the road of our advance is by no means straight and smooth. Comrades, please rest assured that come what may, our two Parties and our two people’s will always be united, will always fight together and be victorious together.

Let the Parties and peoples of China and Albania unite, let the revolutionary people of the whole world unite and overthrow imperialism, modern revisionism and the reactionaries of every country! A new world without imperialism, without capitalism and without any system of exploitation is certain to be built.