17 | 09 | 2019

Bennett Guillaume

After observing this summer of mass discontent, those who wish China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region well can draw a few conclusions.

This exercise begins superficially with some reflections on the protesters’ explicit demands. “Superficially” because the claims made by those marching in Hong Kong’s streets and setting them ablaze may not fully explain the underlying causes of the crisis.

A commentary published Sunday in the People’s Daily, the flagship newspaper of the Communist Party of China, expresses strong support for Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) Chief Executive Carrie Lam and the Hong Kong SAR government in governance under the law.

According to the commentary, the central authorities strongly support the Hong Kong government in safeguarding the rule of law and the legitimate rights of its residents and strongly oppose interference by external forces in Hong Kong and Chinese internal affairs. They support the Hong Kong SAR’s decision to suspend the amendment to the Fugitive Criminal Transfer Orders in order to seek more views.

The imposition of trade tariffs by the United States (US) government on the People’s Republic of China is part of a script applied to destabilize the economy of countries, said the President of the Republic, Nicolás Maduro, when asked about the issue, in the Miraflores Palace.

During an interview with the Chinese news agency Xinhua, Maduro said that the commercial war initiated by the US empire has affected Hong Kong, the vital financial center of the Asian giant, trying to create a serious problem that leads to a global financial debacle.

Foreign Policy issues occupy a peculiar position in Left-wing politics. In some cases, they have put substance to the existence of a potentially unified political community of “The Left”. The Iraq War acted as a shibboleth and divided Marxists, social democrats, and anarchists from the neo-liberal centre-ground and right-wing. The peculiarity of these issues is that while those on the far-left in Europe and North America have very little input into the foreign policy of their states (bound by a carefully fostered geopolitical consensus tied to NATO and other supranational commitments), it’s international crises, rather than domestic bread-and-butter issues of housing, employment and healthcare, that most acutely highlight the differences that exist between progressives. The history of international relations since the break-up of the Soviet Union has been the history of repeated interventions by the US and the UK, with the implicit backing of other OECD states, for the purpose of enforcing the neoliberal commandments of the Washington consensus on developing nations.

Interview of Jean-Claude Delaunay by L'Humanité

Americans will not win from the confrontation with China" Interview of Jean-Claude Delaunay by L’Humanité

By 2050, China hopes to become the world’s leading economy. Our comrade Jean-Claude Delaunay, economist and vice-president of the World Association for Political Economy, gives the newspaper l’Humanité the keys to a rapidly changing Chinese economy.

Humanité How to analyze the current trade war in China and the United States?

Jean-Claude Delaunay:

The United States seems to be five years late in discovering the Chinese strategy of a "new normality". It is not only a question of achieving social progress, but also of developing productive forces: the Internet, electronics, artificial intelligence, the development of 5G...

Over the last year, allegations that China is interning large numbers of Muslim citizens of Xinjiang province in internment camps have been given enormous media prominence. Reports cite “the UN” as a source for claims that up to a million people could be interned in these camps, a claim repeatedly made by US officials, while US Defence Department Asia chief Randall Schriver has stated that the total could be “closer to three million citizens”.

These claims have been taken up in Britain and used to agitate against China, including by elements on the left. Some of these (such as those who protested at the presence of a Chinese speaker at the Marx Oration) are groups who have always attacked socialist countries but others include anti-racist and anti-Islamophobia campaigners who have a good record of solidarity with the broad left.

Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) strongly supports the Hong Kong peoples’ protests against the controversial extradition bill, which would not only repress political, social, and labor activism in the city, but would also endanger political and civil rights of the citizens.

The Anti-Trump: Xi Jinping’s thought on socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era

by Andrea Catone, Director of the magazine MarxVentuno

Motivated by a series of questions asked in an interview during the IX World Socialism Forum - an annual event now organized in autumn in Beijing by the World Socialism Research Center at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) and other political and cultural organizations in the PRC - I propose the following reflections on the thinking of Xi Jinping about the entry of Chinese socialism into a new era.

This week has been full of China news, from Presidential tweets and tariffs to the New York Times series China Rules.”Meanwhile, socialists contend with mixed feelings about what China’s socialist revolution has become. We were therefore especially grateful for the opportunity below to explore these issues from an anti-imperialist perspective. (Eds.)

Current debates on anti-imperialism must contend not only with the United States, but also with China. As U.S. leftists continue internecine fights over Syria or Nicaragua, Chinese  economic and political power continues to expand: nine-figure investments in Israeli tech companies and arms deals; military bases stretching from Sri Lanka to Djibouti; dubious trade deals with Venezuela and Jamaica.  And China’s turn to neoliberalism is a sui generis chapter in modern history, let alone in the history of the Left.

On Thursday, the People’s Republic of China assumed the presidency of the Security Council of the United Nations (UN), with the slogan of working for the strengthening of multilateralism.

Seventy Communist parties from 50 countries have been meeting in Shenzhen, China, this week to mark 'The Historical Contribution of Karl Marx and the Contemporary Significance of Marxism'.

Launching the conference, International Minister Song Tao said the event 'demonstrates the firm commitment of the Communist Party of China to maintain and develop the scientific theory of Karl Marx in the 21st century'.

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