National Sections of the L5I:

China

China and International Perspectives

The purpose of this paper is to provide information and explanation to support the section on China in the international perspectives draft. Much of the discussion about China and its impact on the global economy necessarily involves reference to various series of statistics and these raise important questions about methodology and reliability of those statistics. For the sake of presentation, I have tried to clarify issues surrounding the use of statistics in an appendix but this should not be taken to mean that they are peripheral to the main subject matter. Read more...

The contradictions of China

At first I thought the difficulty we had trying to get into the carriage on the Shanghai metro was just more evidence of what a cosmopolitan, 21st century “world-city” Shanghai had become, rather like the traffic jams we had already fought our way through. It was only after we finally got in that the real picture became clear. Read more...

Hong Kong: Korean militants lead onslaught on WTO fortress

On the first day of the WTO meeting, demonstrators from all over South East Asia marched from Victoria Park to the prescribed demonstration strip. There were about five or six thousand demonstrators.

Groups included peasants, women, workers (in various trade union federations and confedrations), Taiwanese sex workers, and fisherfolks from S Korea, Philippines, Japan, Thailand, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Taiwan and even Mongolia! Read more...

Hong Kong: 100,000 on democracy march

A report from the League member in Hong Kong on the demonstration.
It was big: reports vary from 40,000 to 250,000; I think 100,000 minimum. We left Victoria Park with the start of the demonstration at 3:00pm, and by mobile phone accounts people were still leaving the park at 5:30. There wasn’t enough room at the final assembly point for the whole of the march to squeeze in. Read more...

Mass demonstrations in China

The Western media is full of reports of anti-Japanese demonstrations in China. But these are not the only signs of mass mobilisation in the last weeks. While nationalist marches have been tolerated by police, marches by workers and peasants are brutally repressed. Read more...

Obituary - Wang Fan-hsi, 1907-2002

Wang Fan-hsi, a key leader of the Chinese Trotskyists has died. Peter Main surveys the life and struggles of the veteran Trotskyist Read more...

China: oil workers spearhead fight

Peter Main reports on a growing revolt against capitalist restoration which threatens market reforms Read more...

Membership of WTO signals new attacks on workers

China's accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) which was agreed in Geneva on Read more...

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