|Andy Brooks speaking at the Wanshou Fourm|
By New Worker correspondent
Communists from Britain, Scandinavia and North America sent a solidarity message to the beleaguered Bolivarian revolutionary government in Venezuela at the close of a joint mission to People’s China for a series of seminars on the economy and the development of socialism in China today.
NCP leader Andy Brooks and Peter Hendy from the Central Committee were part of the British communist contingent that included Rob Griffiths, the general secretary of the Communist Party of Britain, and a number of his comrades as well as some members of the CPGB (ML).
The international delegation spent the first few days in Hangzhou, the capital and most populous city of Zhejiang province in East China. There they visited the Nanhu Revolutionary Memorial Museum and saw the historic “Red Boat” on the South Lake – the wooden boat where communist delegates met to establish the Communist Party of China in 1921. They later went to Yiwu city to see the former house of Chen Wengdao, the famous Chinese scholar who translated the Communist Manifesto into Chinese in 1921.
The comrades saw the remarkable achievements of Chinese e-commerce and other new industries when they were taken around the headquarters of the Alibaba Group, a Chinese multinational conglomerate specialising in e-commerce, retail, Internet and high technology, and they took part in a number of round-tables with Chinese communist cadres, local officials, economists and academics.
In the capital, Beijing, the united delegation joined comrades from Latin America for meetings with the All-China Women’s Federation and the leadership of the Communist Youth League. They visited the Central Party School for a briefing on the new development concepts of the Communist Party of China and saw the giant strides that the people’s government has taken over the past 40 years at an exhibition at the National Museum of China in Tiananmen Square.
Later delegates joined students and academics at the 27th Wanshou Forum at the Renmin University of China (RUC) that was founded by the Communist Party of China and focuses on the humanities and the social sciences. The Forum was initiated by the International Department of the Communist Party of China in early 2016 and it aims to provide an open and inclusive international exchange for Chinese and overseas political leaders, think-tank scholars and academics to help build a community with a shared future for humanity and a better world.
Three delegates, Andy Brooks, Runa Evensen from the Communist Party of Norway and Luis Villanueva, the general secretary of the Communist Party of Peru (Unity), took part in the closing ceremony. And in his concluding remarks Andy Brooks said: “We call on communists, socialists and all class-conscious workers to close ranks, organise and rally workers in the struggle for peace and socialism in the 21st century”.