China a 'cast-iron proof' of success of Marxism: Xi

5 May 2018

President Xi Jinping has defended as "totally correct" the ruling Communist Party's adherence to Karl Marx's theory of socialism for 97 years, saying it has profoundly changed China from the "sick man of Asia" to the second-largest economy of the world.
Marxism has strong influence in China where students begin learning the theories of Marx and Lenin in middle school. China, the world's second-largest economy after the US, has seen decades of market-driven growth. "There might be setbacks in the development of socialism in the world, but the overall trend for human society development has never changed, and it will never change," Xi told a special function here organised to celebrate the 200th birth anniversary of Marx. "Marxism has not only profoundly changed the world, but also China," the President said. Marxism had pointed out the direction forward, offering a brand-new choice for the Chinese people in their struggle to survive, and setting the scene for the birth of the CPC, the Chinese President explained.
Since the CPC's birth, it has combined the fundamental principles of Marxism with the reality of Chinese revolution and construction, transforming the Chinese nation from "the sick man of East Asia" to the one who has stood up by uniting and leading the people through the long-term struggle, he said. "This tremendous transformation serves as cast-iron proof that only through socialism can we save China," Xi said. Founded in 1921, the CPC headed by Mao Zedong came to power after a prolonged violent national liberation struggle in 1949 and remained in power since then in a one-party state. Since the advent of Mao and the CPC, the theories of socialism and communism propounded by Marx underwent rapid changes with radical ideological differences leading to a deep split in the international Communist movement including India.
Skirting the deep divisions prevailing in the international Communist movement for the last several decades, Xi who headed the CPC ideological school for several years before he became the most powerful leader of China, said the reverberations of the October Revolution in Russia brought Marxism-Leninism to China. In his speech in defence of Marxism, Xi spoke of China's reform and opening up, while sticking to its ideological fundamentals evolving socialism with Chinese characteristics evolved by Mao's successor Deng Xiaoping.