Communist Party of India (CPI) general secretary A.B. Bardhan has said that there is no question of Indian Communists supporting China on border issues.

“The proposition that Indian Communists favour China in our border disputes with that country is mischievous, baseless and slanderous,” the veteran Communist leader said while speaking on ‘The Communist movement and the contemporary world’ here on Saturday.

He said that those indulging in the anti-Chinese war hysteria forgot the importance of the Sino-Indian strategic alliance in shaping a better world order. “All genuine patriots must understand the importance of this strategic alliance and not fall for the war hysteria,” Mr. Bardhan said.

He said the world was no longer unipolar or bipolar, but multi-polar with the emergence of the Brazil-Russia-India-China (BRIC) alliance and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). Hence, developed capitalist countries could no longer hope to solve any of the world’s problems without the involvement of those alliances.

The complexity of the current global situation was such that there was an imperative need for all communist parties in the world to put their heads together to come up with a new understanding of the emerging reality. An attempt in this direction would be made with a meeting of representatives of communist and workers’ parties from 87 countries in New Delhi from November 21 to 23, he said.

Mr. Bardhan accused the developed capitalist countries of attempting to ride out the global economic crisis by putting the burden on the people in their own and other countries. Besides pumping in billions of dollars into collapsed banks and capitalist enterprises from the public exchequer of those countries, they were also trying to export the crisis to countries such as India.

Although several commentators tended to describe the crisis variously as ‘meltdown’ and ‘slowdown,’ in reality, what the world currently witnessed was a crisis of capitalism from which it was unlikely to recover fully, the CPI leader said.