Fidel Castro: ‘Xi Jinping is one of the strongest and most capable revolutionary leaders I have met in my life’

Yes, Fidel Castro said this in 2014: ‘Xi Jinping is one of the strongest and most capable revolutionary leaders I have met in my life’.

This is noted in an article by Ajit Singh called ‘China: A Revolutionary Present’ (well worth a read).

A couple of decades earlier, Fidel also observed:

I think China is a socialist country, and Vietnam is a socialist nation as well. And they insist that they have introduced all the necessary reforms in order to motivate national development and to continue seeking the objectives of socialism. There are no fully pure regimes or systems. In Cuba, for instance, we have many forms of private property. We have hundreds of thousands of farm owners … Practically all Cubans own their own home and, what is more, we welcome foreign investment. But that does not mean that Cuba has stopped being socialist.

12 thoughts on “Fidel Castro: ‘Xi Jinping is one of the strongest and most capable revolutionary leaders I have met in my life’

    1. The best and most balanced study of all this is Colin Mackerras, China’s Ethnic Minorities and Globalisation. On Tibet, he writes: ‘However, what strikes me most forcefully about the period since 1980 or so is not how much the Chinese have harmed Tibetan culture, but how much they have allowed, even encouraged it to revive; not how weak it is, but how strong’. The basis, as any Marxist program should do, is improvement in economic and social conditions. The same could be said of Xinjiang, where the BRI is already making a significant impact. This is not bad story, called ‘I am a Xinjianger’:

      1. Thanks Prof, i’ll look it up, as US-NATO up the ante there are gonna be all sorts of ‘experts’ & pundits cropping up in various media, the clique that center around Max Blumenthal (son of Sidney Blumenthal, Clinton’s aide), effectively make their careers from usurping indigenous voices & fraternal parties in the west, their role is to offer-up a ‘left’ variety of ostensible support &/or ‘anti-imperialist’ fence-sitting, while subtly bolstering these myths to their uninformed audiences. Best, P.

  1. I can go along with most of China’s reforms – some highly regulated, limited and controlled forms of private property, socialist markets or whatever – but I will never wrap my head around how it’s okay for a socialist country to have capitalist billionaires. That’s where I would draw the line. I guess it would make me feel better to know that at the least those billions cannot be inherited by the billionaire’s children. Do you know if that’s the case?

    1. That is a well-recognised problem in China itself and was more so about 10 years ago (the super-rich list was known as the death-list, since they and their families would frequently be arrested for corruption). Since then, the gap began reducing, even more so with the focused poverty alleviation drive, anti-corruption campaign and emphasis on the super-rich to return their wealth to society – education, medical programs, rural projects etc. They have also been encouraged/instructed to invest in BRI projects (especially Africa) rather than elsewhere. Crucially, by far the majority of them promote the CPC and China’s international interests. The basic cultural idea is that if you have benfitted in some way, you don’t hang onto it, but benefit others. As for inheritance, I don’t know about family fortunes, however small or large – the Chinese are big savers, with many still living by the old adage, ‘life is tough and one must work hard and be frugal’. I do know that homes (not land, which is not private property) can be owned only for 70 years. Then they revert to the state and one has to pay again.

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