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Britain's Communist Party celebrates 59th anniversary of New China

2008-10-05 01:24:32 GMT2008-10-05 09:24:32 (Beijing Time) Xinhua English

LONDON, Oct. 4 (Xinhua) -- The Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist) celebrated on Saturday evening the 59th anniversary of the founding of the New China, lending its unswerving support to China's pursuit of socialism.

Reviewing China's development since 1949, when the People's Republic of China was founded, Harpal Brar, chair of the party, hailed China's evolving in the past decades into a "thriving economy."

"China has come a long way since it had been the miserable place under imperialist control. When 13 million children in Africa under the age of 15 die every year, over 400 million Chinese people have been lifted out of poverty in the last 30 years... China has achieved the basic human rights. It's a living example of socialism," he said.

Although the Chinese people know they still have a long way to go, "so far it has been fantastic," he added.

According to Brar, China has long been supporting countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America in their struggle for independence and development.

The Chinese revolution has inspired the world with great lessons, therefore, celebrating China's National Day, which falls on Oct. 1, is actually "paying back a little to China for what it does for us," he said.

Some 80 party members and representatives from the Indian Workers' Association, Communist Workers & Peasants Party of Pakistan attended the celebration.

Jack Shapiro, a veteran member of the Society for Anglo-China Understanding who had facilitated exchanges between Britain and China on rehabilitation for the disabled, and Kojo Gottfried, former Ghanaian Ambassador to China, also shared their memories of China experience.

A resolution passed at the meeting congratulated China on the success of the Beijing Olympics and Paralympics as well as the Shenzhou-7 manned space mission, in particular China's first ever spacewalk.

"Through these epic events, the people of the whole world have been able to see the enormous progress and tremendous achievements of socialist China, which stand in stark and growing contrast to the crisis, chaos and despondency now gripping the capitalist world," said the resolution.

The party also reaffirms its "invariable solidarity with the Communist Party of China and the Chinese government and people in their struggle to build a powerful, modernized and prosperous socialist nation, to reunify the country and to contribute to the building of an independent and peaceful world against imperialist aggression and war."

In July this year, the Communist Party of Great Britain launched a "Hands off China" campaign, supporting China in the waves of China-bashing in western media in the run up to the Beijing Olympics.

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