(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
December 06, 2009
INTERVENTION BY COMMUNIST PARTY OF
“We are Trying to Improve,
Consolidate and Develop Socialism”
Below we give the full
text of the speech delivered by Ai Ping, leader of the five-member
of the Communist Party of
IT is an honor for me and my colleagues to be delegated by the international department of the central committee of the Communist Party of China to attend this gathering of the international meeting of communist and workers’ parties (IMCWP).
First of all, allow me to convey
to you the warm
greetings and best wishes of our minister Wang Jiarui and his deputies
department. This IMCWP is an important platform for communist parties
the world to share information, exchange ideas and hold discussion on
issues. So far 10 conferences have been held successfully and today, we
gathered here in
Secondly, I would like to take
this opportunity to
brief you on new developments in
Now, these measures have taken initial effects and have produced some positive signs. From January to September, our GDP grew by 7.7 per cent, volume of retail sales increased by 15.1 per cent, state revenue grew by 5.3 per cent while consumer price index dropped by 1.1 per cent. These data show that our domestic consumption is robust, demand for investment is increasing steadily, the society on the whole is stable and the overall economic situation is about to turn for the better. These countermeasures China has taken against the crisis have not only worked positively on China’s economy, but will also serve as a boon to the economy of the region and that of world at large.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the founding of new China. In the past sixty years, the Communist Party of China and the Chinese people under its leadership have achieved glorious accomplishments that have attracted world attention: China’s economic and overall strength have been greatly enhanced and China has become the third largest economy in the world with a ranking of third in trade volume also. The livelihood in China has been markedly improved with per capita GDP increasing from 35 dollars in 1949 to 3266 dollars in 2008 and life expectancy extended from 35 to 73 years. Moral and ethical standard of the Chinese society has been uplifted. A socialist legal system with Chinese characteristic has taken shape; constant effort has been made to promote the rule of law and to improve the overall cultural integrity of our people. The relationship between China and the world has undergone historic changes, whereby the world is paying more and more attention to China. The fate of China and the fate of the world are ever more closely linked together.
Experience in the last 60 years shows that throughout the primary stage of socialism, we must always take economic development as the central task, take reform and opening up as the driving force to promote all round economic, political, cultural and social development and cultivate a sense of conservation among the general public. We must push forward economic and political reform and reform in other areas to motivate the entire population for greater enthusiasm, initiative and creativity so as to realise social equity and justice and fill the country with vitality. We must carry forward socialist democracy, improve the socialist legal system, stick to the rule of law and guarantee the lasting stability of the country. We must enhance and improve party building, carry out in-depth anti-corruption campaign and bond the party and the people closer together.
Some parties, due
to lack of knowledge about the
national conditions of China, think that China has given up Marxism and
deviated from the socialist path, and some even call China’s system
“authoritarian capitalism”. But these accusations are not
true. As you all know,
Last September, the Fourth
Plenary Session of the 17th
CPC central committee was held, where the “Decision of the Central
the Communist Party of China on Strengthening and Improving the
1. The importance of party building under the new situation
Having been at the reign of the
government for 60
years, the Communist Party of China is proved to be the key to every
made in the country and its leading position must be upheld
unswervingly. In a
world that is undergoing great development, great transformation and
2. Basic lessons for party building
Ideological and theoretical building must be put in the first place to enable the entire membership to have a better command of the essence of Marxism. Party building endeavours must be integrated with the ultimate mission of the party so as to guarantee its core leadership in socialist development. We must focus our effort on strengthening the Party’s governance capability and maintaining its vanguard nature so that the CPC is always at the forefront of the times. We must always bear in mind that the CPC is meant to serve pubic interests and is mandated to exercise State power for the people, and it must maintain close ties with the populace. What’s more, the party must embrace new ideas and new practices in order to enhance dynamism. Last but not least, the party must exercise self-discipline, be strict with its members and improve management of party affairs.
3. Future tasks of party building in the new period
The CPC will build itself into learning-oriented Marxist party and raise the ideological and political consciousness of it. We must improve democratic centralism and expand intra-party democracy. We must also deepen reform of the personnel system and build a contingent of high-caliber cadres who are more competent in promoting scientific development and social harmony. What’s more, doubled efforts must be made to reinforce primary party organisations to consolidate the organisational foundation of the party. Meanwhile, it is also imperative for the party to carry forward its good style of work and maintain close ties with the people. We must accelerate the building of corruption punishment and prevention system and intensify the fight against corruption.
Thirdly, I’d like to share with you some of my personal views inspired by the theme of this meeting. At present, the global financial crisis has not bottomed yet and there are still many potential risks in the world economy. Many politicians and scholars have done extensive studies on the crisis and provided many valuable views. Here are my own perceptions of the cause behind this crisis and its impact on global capitalism.
Many people put the blame of
this global financial and
economic crisis triggered by the sub-prime mortgage crisis in the
But can we rush to the conclusion that capitalism will die in this crisis? My answer is “no”. What we can say is that this crisis will accelerate the transition of capitalism to socialism. This is because that since the mid-20th century, with new scientific and technological revolution and the self-adjustment of capitalism, coupled with economic boom followed by capital expansion, the capitalist world has experienced a relatively stable and prosperous period. In the past 360 years after the English Bourgeois Revolution, the capitalist world has accumulated much experience in handling their crises. At present, there is still room for growth in capitalist productivity and the self-adjustment capacity of capitalist mode of production has not been exhausted. The inherent contradiction of capitalism is represented in complex forms of motion which can be radical at one time and mild at another. As a result, it will take a long time for socialism to replace capitalism. This was also embedded in Marxist thought: “no social order ever disappears before all the productive forces, for which there is room in it, have been developed; and new higher relations of production never appear before the material conditions of their existence have matured in the womb of the old society”. A correct understanding of and response to the development of capitalism can help us obtain a scientific view of the reality and adopt right policies. I think that given the current balance of power, capitalism will remain more powerful than socialism for a certain period to come and that socialist countries should deal with capitalist countries with both struggle and cooperation to sharpen our horn and broaden our room for survival.
Finally, I wish this conference a complete success.
(Emphasis by author.
Sub-headings added - Ed)