Kathmandu, Sept 23
Communist party leaders from Nepal and China today stressed that socialism was any day better than capitalism, and that only socialism could ensure holistic development of a society.
Speaking at a programme on “Communist Party of China’s Opinion about Xi Jinping Thought and Ideological Discussion between Nepal Communist Party and Communist Party of China” in Kathmandu, the leaders said only socialism could solve the problem of unequal development which was a result of capitalism.
Addressing the programme as chief guest, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli said although countries, after becoming powerful, tended to dominate other countries, China never did so. “This shows the Chinese system is better than other systems,” said Oli. “The Belt and Road Initiative further justifies it.”
Oli said the CPC not only led a political revolution, but China’s journey towards prosperity. He said China would not
have progressed to this level had it not been led by the CPC, which made creative implementation of Marxism with Chinese characteristics.
“The credit for China’s and the CPC’s progress goes to Chinese President Xi Jinping, his leadership and progressive thinking which is now known as Xi Jinping Thought,” said Oli at the event attended by 200 or so participants from the NCP and 40 from CPC.
Oli was all praise for the Chinese model of development. “This is a development model of this era, and not an artificial development model such as the one in the colonial era when resources were in the hands of the powerful few,” he said.
NCP Co-chairperson Pushpa Kamal Dahal said the CPC’s ‘socialism with Chinese characteristics’ had become a matter of discussion globally. He said the CPC had won the legitimacy to remain in power for so long in China because the party had delivered development and dignity to the people of China.
He said discipline and ideological clarity were key for the success of communist parties. “And, these are the major bases of Xi Jinping Thought,” he said.
The CPC’s International Liaison Department Director Song Tao said the Xi Jinping Thought was aimed at ensuring resurgence of the Chinese people.
A version of this article appears in print on September 24, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.