It is easy to say that the discussion over whether China is socialist or not is irrelevant and has no practical value to theory or practice, especially when it comes to movements placed in the first world – except it does have a serious entanglement.
To accept Deng Xiaoping and the current leadership of the Communist Party of China and the government of the People’s Republic of China means rejecting the past, and acting as agents of historical revisionism and deniers of class struggle and Marxism-Leninism.
By openly praising a capitalist orientated country which operates under a market economy but hides underneath a well crafted layer of ‘revolutionary red’ aesthetics we are complying with the myth deliberately created by the bourgeois arm of China: it’s main political party.
How can we build “communist parties” or even a revolutionary movement and then subject its internationalist nature to the defence of a country coveting its piece of empire in Africa?
How can we teach anti-capitalists to oppose and criticise “full automated luxury communism” but on the same course defend the Dengist “theory of productive forces” (which is no different from FALC)?
We rightfully aim the rifle at the u.$. for the tyranny and blood spilled in the third world, and yet political organisations in north amerika and europe say we should look away as Chinese enterprises, entrepreneurs, make inroads into third world countries through capital export with no interest other than easing resource extraction.
In the current state of world affairs, the revisionist strains of Marxism-Leninism pose a serious danger to the education, organisation, and praxis of new communists, as well as a serious structural weakness as China asserts itself as an imperialist power. We’ve already witnessed how China sidelined the DPRK and chose to stand with other imperialist powers in imposing sanctions, or how it constantly harasses countries that border the South China Sea and provides military means to their states which serve as tools of suppressing communist movements.
Movements that base their politics on the rejection of class struggle, the rejection of the socialist economy, the rejection of internationalism, the rejection of historical materialism, and the rejection of decolonisation will ultimately fail and serve the interests of imperialists.