Communist Party international secretary John Foster warned of the growing threat to world peace, the international economy and the environment at the weekend.

Speaking to the party's executive committee, he cited US President Trump's increasingly aggressive attitude towards China and Russia, in keeping with what the US National Security Strategy calls a new era of 'great power competition'.

'The history of the 20th century shows how the struggle for imperialist domination leads to war', Mr Foster pointed out. He was speaking as Trump announced his country's withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with Russia, which bans both powers from producing, possessing and testing cruise missiles.

The CP international secretary also argued that the Western imperialist powers had not given up their attempts to partition Syria, while US sanctions against Iran's oil exports would further destabilise the Middle East.

'Alongside these threats to peace and stability, Saudi Arabia's British-backed genocidal war against Yemen continues as does the open sore of Israel's brutal oppression of the Palestinian people', he declared.

Britain's Communists demanded that Britain's Tory government halt all arms sales to the 'criminal and corrupt' Saudi regime and reaffirmed support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israeli state policy.

Referring to recent IMF reports, Mr Foster claimed that international capitalism faces a 'gathering crisis'. Economic growth is slowing, the pools of speculative capital are expanding while leveraged loans by secondary banks have surpassed pre-2008 levels.

'The world is heading towards recession and trade wars between the USA, the EU, the Middle East and China just when the UN Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change is calling for urgent and coordinated transformational policies to avert global warming catastrophe', he insisted.

At the CP executive meeting, general secretary Robert Griffiths reported a continuing rise in party recruitment and membership, which is now more than 7%  higher than in 2017.

'A much stronger Communist Party is needed to help secure a "People's Brexit" and a left-led Labour government that is free to carry out radical policies of public investment, renationalisation, wealth redistribution, sustainable growth and peaceful cooperation with the rest of the world', he stated.