NATO’s new cold war is dangerous to all

NATO’s new cold war is dangerous to all


The following is a joint statement by the CPUSA International Department and communist and workers’ parties from around the world, published on SolidNet.

The Communist and Workers’ Parties of the world wish to say in a loud and clear voice that we condemn the aggressive anti-communist rhetoric coming out of the latest meeting of NATO leadership. The U.S., the de facto leader of the NATO alliance, has made it clear that its interests lie in igniting a “new Cold War” centered around anti-Chinese and anti-communist propaganda. This is a threat to all workers around the world.

Since the infamous “Pivot to Asia” under President Barack Obama, it has been clear that the U.S. capitalist elite has seen the rising successes and power of the People’s Republic of China as a threat to its unipolar, neoliberal world order. During the administration of Donald Trump, the U.S. government became increasingly aggressive in its anti-China and anti-socialist policies, and many began to talk about a “new Cold War.”

Some might have hoped that with the election of a new president the U.S. might become less hostile towards the PRC, but they would now be greatly disappointed. In many ways, the foreign policy of the Biden presidency has amped up the hostility towards China and its largest strategic ally, Russia.

At the most recent meeting of the leaders of NATO — an alliance that owes its entire existence to policies of anti-communist aggression — “new Cold War” rhetoric was abundant. NATO’s secretary general Jens Stoltenberg even said that “the rise of China” presents a security threat to NATO. Why does the world’s largest country’s lifting itself out of poverty constitute a security threat to the NATO powers? The answer is that it doesn’t. It does, however, constitute a threat to U.S. hegemony and capitalists’ profits.

Both China and its strategic ally Russia find themselves surrounded on all sides by hundreds of U.S. and NATO military bases. Despite promises to not expand into Eastern Europe, NATO has continuously expanded closer and closer to Russia’s borders and is aiding anti-Russian, fascist forces in Ukraine while using economic sanctions to punish the people of Russia.

The world cannot be allowed to descend into another anti-communist Cold War. Despite the name, the Cold War of the 20th century was more often than not a hot war and cost the lives of millions of people around the globe. From Southeast Asia to Africa and Latin America, millions of workers, those seeking freedom and a better world for themselves, and their families were slaughtered in the name of global capitalism. These wars did not spare the youth of the U.S. and its military allies.

History cannot be allowed to repeat itself in an even more dangerous form.

No new Cold War!

Your party is invited to endorse this joint statement.

SolidNet parties signing

Communist Party of Albania
Communist Party of Australia
Democratic Progressive Tribune-Bahrain
Communist Party of Bangladesh
Brazilian Communist Party
Communist Party of Brazil
New Communist Party of Britain
Columbian Communist Party
Socialist Workers’ Party of Croatia
Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia
Communist Party of Denmark
Communist Party of Finland
French Communist Party
German Communist Party
Hungarian Workers’ Party
Tudeh Party of Iran
Communist Party of Kurdistan-Iraq
Communist Party of Ireland
Workers’ Party of Ireland
Party of the Communist Refoundation
Socialist Party of Lithuania
Communist Party of Norway
Philippine Communist Party (PKP-1930)
Communist Party of Spain
Communist Party of the People of Spain
Communist Party of Ukraine
Communist Party USA

Other signatories

Communist Party of Aotearoa
Galizan People’s Union-UPG

Image: People’s World.


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