China Disowns Filipino Communist Party

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BEIJING—The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) no longer enjoys the support of of the 80-million member Communist Party of China (CPC), according to a top Chinese party official.

The Filipino party is one of the few remaining "hard-line" proponents of Mao Zedong's "people's war" strategy of surrounding the cities from the countrysides. Besides the Muslim rebellion in Southern Philippines, the insurgency being waged by the CPP's New People's Army is the government's most active security threat.

Shen Beili, director general of the international department of the Bureau of Southeast and South Asian Affairs of the CPC Central Committee, told a group of visiting Asian and African journalists —including an Inquirer.net reporter -- that the party’s relations with the CPP “have been severed since the 1980s.”

Shen emphasized that “as long as our counterpart groups in other countries (like the CPP) are banned or considered illegal by their host governments, then we cannot have normal party-to-party relations.”

In July, the Philippines' communist party, which was founded on "Marxism-Leninism-Mao Zedong-Thought" finally broke its silence on the tensions between the Philippines and China over the Spratly Islands as it lashed out at Beijing’s “arrogance” for refusing to recognize the claims of other nations, and refusing to engage in multilateral talks with other claimant-countries.

But the Maoist rebel group also blamed the Aquino administration for fomenting the conflict through what it called “undiplomatic and agitative statements” against China. The CPP devoted much of its statement to its usual tirade against the United States for allegedly taking advantage of the conflict to promote its “imperialist” interests in the West Philippine Sea (or South China Sea).

The CPP, however, did not comment on China’s growing military might and its muscle-flexing stance in the disputed waters.