[For over 30 years–since the death of Mao Zedong, when the revisionist coup led by Teng Hsiao-Ping overthrew socialism and restored capitalism–the Communist Party of China has been “communist” in name only. A policy of suppressing revolutionaries inside China has been matched by opposing and disavowing, internationally, revolutionary movements, parties, and communists (including “Maoists”). The following article spells out this policy in more detail: the CCP disavows relations with communists who are banned and illegal (ie, those who wage armed struggle and have not committed to legal and electoral reform within capitalist and oppressive regimes). While this policy is not surprising for a regime which has reversed its earlier revolutionary path, what does surprise is that, around the world, some so-called “communists” and so-called “Maoists” continue to disingenuously refer to China as “socialist,” “communist,” or “anti-imperialist’, despite the mounds of evidence to the contrary. — Frontlines ed.]
Chinese communist party says it has disowned local rebels
By Jerry E. Esplanada, Philippine Daily Inquirer, December 27th, 2011
Asked if they were willing to reestablish ties with the CPP, Shen said “only if the party is considered legal by its host government.”
The 90-year-old CPC has “good relations” with mainstream political parties in the Philippines, like the Liberal Party, President Benigno Aquino III’s political group, as well as the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats, Nationalist People’s Coalition, Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino, and the Partido ng Masang Pilipino, Shen pointed out.
“We have good relations with political parties that promote people-to-people contacts, not overthrow governments … We make friends not just with left-leaning groups but also with groups with other ideologies. But not with illegal parties,” she said.
The CPC has “party exchanges” with over 600 political organizations in 166 countries worldwide, including 160 in Asia, 110 in Africa 170 in Europe, and 150 in North and South America, among others.
According to Shen, “these exchanges aim to make the CPC a key to China’s overall development. They also enable the party and its leaders acquire a worldwide perspective.”
At the same time, Shen said “the nation’s interests should come first, while the ruling party’s interests should be in line and should serve China’s interests as a whole.”
In July, the CPP finally broke its silence on the tensions between the Philippines and China over the Spratly Islands as it lashed out at Beijing’s “arrogance” for refusing to recognize the claims of other nations and refusing to engage in multilateral talks with other claimant-countries.
In a statement, the Maoist rebel group also blamed the Aquino administration for fomenting the conflict through what it called “undiplomatic and agitative statements” against China.
The CPP devoted much of its statement to its usual tirade against the United States for allegedly taking advantage of the conflict to promote its “imperialist” interests in the West Philippine Sea (or South China Sea).
The CPP, however, did not comment on China’s growing military might and its muscle-flexing stance in the disputed waters.