Along with more than 230 political parties across the world, the Communist Party of Britain has signed an Open Letter on the COVID-19 crisis from the Communist Party of China.
In an interview with China’s Xinhua News Agency on April 3, Communist Party of Britain general secretary Robert Griffiths said:
‘The Communist Party of Britain was pleased and honoured to associate itself with the Open Letter proposed by the Chinese Communist Party on the COVID-19 crisis. The letter not only expresses the full gravity of the current danger and expressed our profound appreciation of the work done by health workers and others in the front-line to combat this deadly virus. It sent our condolences to all victims of the virus and their family and friends. But also the Open Letter emphasises how vital it is that the world and its peoples and governments come together in cooperation to defeat the threat which COVID-19 presents to us all.
In the face of this colossal challenge, now is not the time for victimisation and cheap political point-scoring. Of course, it will be necessary to identify weaknesses which allowed this virus to take root and spread. But that must be done in a spirit of scientific inquiry and cooperation, so that we can minimise the risk and the hazards of such a similar outbreak happening again. Britain’s Communists have followed the course of events in China and gladly pay tribute to the readiness with which Chinese scientists have speedily shared the fruits of their genome research with others around the world. We also express our admiration for the way in which the Chinese government and state have sent human and material assistance to help the peoples of Italy and other countries in their hour of desperate need. The COVID-19 outbreak reminds us that we all share this planet and ultimately depend upon mutually beneficial economic, social and cultural relations with each to sustain and enrich our common home.
The Open Letter was in the finest traditions of the international communist movement for peace, cooperation and social progress and our party will be posting it on our social media platforms and bringing it to the attention of the daily socialist Morning Star newspaper’.