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The Week

Mali’s National Day

[This article is reprinted from Peking Review, Vol. 9, #40, Sept. 30, 1966, p. 6. Thanks are due to the WWW.WENGEWANG.ORG web site for some of the work done for this posting.]

Malian Ambassador to China Guisse Tidiani gave a reception on September 22 to celebrate the sixth anniversary of the founding of the Republic of Mali. Among those who attended were Tung Pi-wu, Vice-Chairman of the People’s Republic of China, and Vice-Premier Li Hsien-nien. Ambassador Guisse Tidiani and Vice-Premier Li Hsien-nien spoke at the reception.

Referring to the situation in Africa, Ambassador Guisse Tidiani condemned the overt interference by imperialism against the African peoples. He pointed out that some puppet governments in Africa were working servilely for the benefit of imperialism.

The Ambassador warmly congratulated the Chinese people who, led by the Chinese Communist Party and Chairman Mao Tse-tung, had built China into a great, powerful country. He said that the people and Government of Mali supported the just struggle of the Chinese people for the liberation of Taiwan.

The Ambassador hailed the rapid development of friendly co-operation between Mali and China. He also expressed support for the heroic Vietnamese people, victims of imperialist intervention and aggression. He said that the Vietnamese people’s struggle had won widespread support because it was a just one and because it was closely linked with the revolutionary struggle of the world’s people and with the cause of national liberation, socialism and peace.

Vice-Premier Li Hsien-nien, in his speech, praised the Malian people for their unremitting struggles and great successes in safeguarding their national independence and developing their national economy and culture. He said that the Chinese people regarded the achievements of the Malian people as their own.

Vice-Premier Li Hsien-nien went on to say that the Chinese people, under the personal leadership of Chairman Mao Tse-tung, had launched a vigorous and unprecedented great proletarian cultural revolution. He said that the situation with regard to this revolution was becoming increasingly favourable and hundreds of millions of people had further armed themselves with Mao Tse-tung’s thought. The Chinese people were transforming this great spiritual force into a great material force to achieve greater, faster, better and more economical results in all fields of work. Taking firm hold of the revolution while promoting production, the masses of workers and peasants were at present giving a powerful impetus to China’s socialist revolution and socialist construction which were advancing in big strides. Unified by Mao Tse-tung’s thought, China would become an impregnable state of the people.

The Vice-Premier added: “The revolutionary people of the whole world are elated and inspired by the great proletarian cultural revolution in China. The imperialists, modern revisionists and reactionaries of all countries, however, are mortally afraid of it and are directing shameless attacks and slanders against us. But their outcries cannot do us the slightest harm; they only prove that we have done well and done the right thing in carrying on the great proletarian cultural revolution. We will certainly hold high the great red banner of Mao Tse-tung’s thought and carry this revolution through to the end.”

Vice-Premier Li Hsien-nien said that there was a traditional militant friendship between the Chinese and Malian peoples. He stressed that the Chinese people firmly supported the Malian people in their struggle against imperialism and new and old colonialism, and for defending their national independence and developing their national economy.

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