CPI general secretary A B Bardhan today rubbished suggestions that Indian Communists had been favouring China on certain vital issues like border dispute at the cost of India's interests.
"This is mischievous and slanderous. There is no question of Indian Communists favouring China at the cost of national interest", he said while giving a lecture on "The Communist Movement and Contemporary World" organised by his party here as a prelude to the International meet of Communist and workers parties to he held in New Delhi next month.
What Communist parties had always wanted was to settle the border issue through bilateral negotiations since it was important to strengthen co-operation between the two countries, he said.
Bardhan alleged there is a lobby, including certain sections of the media, trying to upset new strategic alliances like Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) from gaining strength.
Since the contemporary world was not a unipolar one, there was not a single global issue which could be addressed without taking these countries into account, he said.
The recent recession had belied hopes of the capitalist world that there would be a crisis-free capitalist system with the collapse of the Soviet Union, he said.
In fact, half the world's population was ranged against capitalist powers and inclined towards socialism. But it was important for Communists to introspect on developments that had taken place towards the close of the last century and the beginning of the present one, Bardhan said.
He termed as an irony U.S. President Barack Obama being chosen for the Nobel peace prize while his country continues to have the largest stockpile of arsenals.