Current international situation and work
To understand fully how the world anti-imperialist and socialist movements have suffered serious setbacks and have come to a period of temporary defeat, we have to study how monopoly capitalism, modern revisionism and neocolonialism have coincided to unleash oppression and exploitation on the proletariat and people.
The US-led imperialist ideological, political, economic, military and cultural offensives against the proletariat and the people, the rapidly worsening crisis conditions of the world capitalist system and the rapacity of neoliberal globalization, the escalation of imperialist war production, the spread of state terrorism and wars of aggression drive us to fight US imperialism, its allies and puppets.
But to bring about long lasting revolutionary confidence and steady and ever growing anti-imperialist and socialist movements, we need communist and workers’ parties capable not only of waging the struggle against imperialism and reaction for democracy and socialism but also of addressing the question of combating modern revisionism and preempting it or preventing it from rising again to undermine and destroy socialism.
We as communist and workers’ parties must first do well our homework in Marxist-Leninist study and revolutionary struggle for us to be able to contribute something significant to the international communist movement. At any rate, meetings with other parties are occasions for learning from other parties rather than teaching them what to think and what to do. Communist and workers’ parties can go into bilateral and multilateral meetings in order to exchange experiences, views and ideas, engage in theoretical discussions and agree on various forms of cooperation.
Bilateral meetings have advantages over multilateral meetings amidst the current wide divergences in the ideological and political positions among communist and workers’ parties. Bilateral meetings can be held more often or on a timely basis and can devote more time to in-depth discussions and study. It is easier to make inquiries, give opinions and suggestions and to arrive at a common understanding and common positions through bilateral meetings than through multilateral meetings where normally the parties are expected to present and defend previously established positions.
In bilateral meetings, it is easier not only to arrive at agreements on ideological and political position and on practical cooperation but also to define the specific responsibilities and tasks in various forms of cooperation. It takes more time and effort to organize multilateral meetings. When these are held, the parties are constrained by time and can only arrive at a general level of understanding and general lines of cooperation. There can only one or a few resolutions that can be thoroughly deliberated and subjected to consensus.
Multilateral meetings can be fruitful only when they are preceded by a series of bilateral meetings, they present occasions for bilateral meetings and they result in the establishment of bilateral relations to deepen common understanding and cooperation. Our revolutionary homework guided by Marxism-Leninism in our respective countries and our respective bilateral relations with other communist and workers’ parties are the building blocks of multilateral relations and the international communist movement.