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First issue of Workers Power in Chinese

In collaboration with Chinese socialists, the League has produced the first issue of Workers Power in Chinese. Read more...

Defend democratic rights in China

Rix Bragg looks at the recent clampdown on opposition movements in China Read more...

China: New weapons, new status – new bubble?

For the first time in many years, Beijing celebrated the anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic with a military parade. President Hu Jintao watched from Tiananmen, the Gate of Heavenly Peace, as the latest weaponry passed him by. Unmanned drones, cruise missiles, nuclear-enabled missiles trundled past and, as official commentators emphasised, these were not only made in China but designed in China. Read more...

Ethnic tension in Urumqi, Xinjiang spills over into riots

Peter Main argues that ethnic riots in China are the fault of capitalist exploitation and deliberate racial discrimination by the Chinese state Read more...

Chinese economy spirals downwards

China's exports in January were down 17.5 per cent on last year and imports were down by 43.1 per cent. Peter Main, just returned from China, looks at Beijing's response to the world recession. Read more...

China: Occupations and blockades force Chinese state onto defensive

The speed with which the economic downturn has hit China's export industries has led to a spate of company closures and layoffs. In the first half of the year, the Pearl River Delta is reported to have lost 67,000 small firms, those employing only a handful of workers and least able to survive even temporary drops in orders. Now, however, larger factories in the major industrial cities of Shenzhen, Dongguan and Guangzhou are facing difficulty and 9000 larger factories, from a total of 45,000, are expected to close by the end of January. The workers' response has been just as dramatic. Read more...

Downturn spreads to China

The third quarter of the year, July, August, September, should be the busiest time of the year for China's toy factories. That is when production reaches a peak so that the goods can be packed into the biggest container ships in the world in time for the Christmas markets in the US and Europe. But this year is different. Read more...

Olympics: Beijing's Festival of Reaction

The Beijing Olympic Games will showcase many feats of athletic achievement and physical prowess - but that is not their main purpose. Less than 20 years ago, the same city echoed to the sound of tanks as the Chinese Communist Party massacred its student and worker opponents. The capitalist powers were united in their condemnation and threatened sanctions and penalties, to bring the dictators down. But as soon as those dictators began to dismantle the planned economy and open the country to overseas capital, the criticism turned to praise. Read more...

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