Reflections by Comrade Fidel
HISTORY CANNOT BE IGNORED
Last October 1st commemorated the 60th anniversary of the Peoples’ Republic of China.
On that historic
day in 1949, Mao Zedong presided over the first parade of the Peoples’ Army and
the people of
At the end of
Revolution in a country as huge as
Lenin had foreseen the imperialist phase of developed capitalism and the role of the colonized countries’ struggle in world history. The triumph of the Chinese Revolution came as a confirmation of that prediction.
At that time,
nobody would have thought that less than four years after that memorable date,
with no other link than their ideas, in far-off
It is in the light of these events that I watched with particular interest the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Chinese Revolution. Our friendship with that centuries-old culture, the most ancient of civilizations known to man, is well-known.
nineteenth century, tens of thousands of Chinese citizens were sent to our
country practically as slaves, duped by the English merchants. Many of them
joined the Liberation Army and fought for our independence. However, our ties with
In the challenging
days of the Soviet demise,
be ignored. In spite of the enormous
contribution of the people of China and the political and military strategy of
Mao in the struggle against Japanese Fascism, the United States disregarded and
isolated the government of the most densely populated country on the planet and
deprived it of its right to participate in the United Nations Security Council;
it stepped in with its troops to prevent the liberation of Taiwan, an island
belonging to China; it supported and supplied the remains of an army whose
leader had betrayed all the agreements signed in the struggle against the
Japanese invaders during WWII.
The US not only deprived China of its legitimate rights but it also intervened in the internal Korean conflict, sending its forces in at the head of a military coalition that defiantly moved forward getting close to the vital points of that great country, and threatened to use nuclear weapons against China whose people had made such a contribution to the Japanese defeat.
The Party and
the heroic people of
What would the West say now? The mainstream US press was, in general, hostile. Its major newspapers headlined their editorials with such phrases as: “…little interest for ideology”, “…a show of power”, “Communist China celebrates its 60 years with a military show.”
Nevertheless, it was not possible to ignore the struggle. All the media were reiterating the idea that it was a show of power. The news especially focused on the pictures of the military parade.
They were not hiding their admiration for the wide broadcasting of the parade that Chinese TV offered up for international public opinion.
It did not go unnoticed; rather, it was cause for amazement that China would present 52 new types of weapons, among them the latest generation of combat vehicles, amphibious vehicles, radars, reconnaissance planes and sophisticated communications equipment.
The media highlighted the presence of the DF-31 intercontinental missiles that can strike with nuclear warheads targets located 6,250 miles away, as well as the medium-range missiles and the anti-missile defenses.
The 151 fighter planes, the heavy bombers, the modern means of air surveillance and helicopters took by surprise the avid newshounds and military technicians. “The Chinese army now has most of the sophisticated weapons that make up the arsenals of western countries”, was a statement made by the Chinese Defense Minister and highlighted by the western press.
The 500 armored vehicles and the 60 civilian floats that paraded in front of the mausoleum caused a mighty impact.
technology was irrefutable proof of the developed military capacity that had
started from scratch some decades ago.
What was unbeatable was the human factor. No developed western country could have reached
the level of precision and organization shown by
The various forces that paraded there, men and women, did so with unparalleled distinction and elegance. Anyone would find it hard to believe that thousands of human beings could reach such perfect organization. Both the people on foot and those in their vehicles marched past the stand and saluted with hard-to-achieve precision, order and military demeanor.
If such qualities seemed to be the result of military discipline and rigorous practice, more than 150,000 citizens of that huge hive of civilians, mainly young men and women, were a surprise for their capacity to reach en masse the level of organization and perfection attained by their armed compatriots.
The beginning of the celebration and the saluting of the troops by the Head of State and Secretary General of the Communist Party was impressive. One could notice the deep bonds between the leadership and the people.
Hu Jintao’s speech was short and precise. In just under 10 minutes he expressed many
ideas. On that day he surpassed Barack Obama’s gift for
synthesis. When he speaks, he represents
almost five times more population than the president of the
communicated by the president of
“On a day like today sixty years ago, after more than one hundred years of bloody battles waged from the onset of modern history, the Chinese people finally achieved the great victory of the Chinese Revolution and President Mao Zedong proclaimed, on this very spot, the founding of the Peoples’ Republic of China thus allowing the Chinese people to stand tall from that moment on, and the Chinese nation, with a more than 5,000-year history of civilization, to enter a new era of development and progress.”
and progress achieved in the sixty years of the New China has fully shown that
only socialism can save
“We adhere firmly to the principles of peaceful reunification…”
“…we shall continue to work, alongside the different peoples of the world, to promote the noble cause of peace and the development of humankind as well as the building of a harmonious world based on lasting peace and common prosperity.”
“History has taught us that the path forward is never smooth, but that a united people that take their future in their own hands will certainly overcome all difficulties, continuously creating great historical epics.”
These are categorical answers to the war-mongering and threatening policies of the empire.
Fidel Castro Ruz