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005 US Anti-China campaign

10 September 2019

China: Thirty years since the Tiananmen Square massacre

By Peter Symonds, 10 September 2019

This lecture was delivered by Peter Symonds at the Socialist Equality Party (US) Summer School on July 25, 2019. Symonds is a member of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site and national WSWS editor of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia).

Hong Kong protesters: Turn to the Chinese working class, not US imperialism

By Peter Symonds, 9 September 2019

Any turn to the United States plays directly into the hands of Beijing, which seeks to malign the Hong Kong protests as the work of radical agitators and the “black hand” of Washington.

IYSSE lecture series in Australia

Seventy years after the Chinese Revolution: How the struggle for socialism was betrayed

9 September 2019

While the revolution vastly transformed international relations and class relations within China, the Communist Party, based on the Stalinist program of “Socialism in One Country,” deformed the newly-created state from the outset.

020 Hong Kong update

7 September 2019

Hong Kong administration seeks to split protest movement

By Peter Symonds, 5 September 2019

By withdrawing the extradition legislation, chief executive Carrie Lam is seeking the support of conservative protest leaders to pave the way for the suppression of more militant layers.

Tens of thousands join first day of Hong Kong protest strike

By Peter Symonds, 3 September 2019

The union confederation is doing all it can to limit action by workers and confine their demands to those of the official pro-capitalist opposition in Hong Kong.

Trump imposes new tariffs on China

By Nick Beams, 2 September 2019

The new measures, to be followed by further imposts in December, have hit a wide range of consumer products, amid growing concerns of a recession in the global economy and the US.

Two-day strike begins in Hong Kong following weekend of protests

By Ben McGrath, 2 September 2019

Fearful of the intervention of the working class, authorities are stepping up their repression of protesters.

Hong Kong mass rally banned as Chinese troops deployed in show of force

By Mike Head, 30 August 2019

Beijing is well aware that the protracted protests are being driven by underlying student and working class concerns about escalating social inequality.

The US announces provocative arms sale to Taiwan

By Peter Symonds, 27 August 2019

The $8 billion sale of 66 F-16V fighter jets is the first such deal since the administration of President George H.W. Bush approved the sale of 150 fighter jets to Taiwan in 1992.

Hong Kong protests continue into twelfth week

By Peter Symonds, 26 August 2019

Clashes with police took place involving for the first time the use of water cannon as well as tear gas and batons as police attempted to disperse protesters.

Anti-China witch-hunt targets Australian universities

By Oscar Grenfell, 26 August 2019

The government and the security agencies convened a meeting with universities, threatening research involving Chinese academics.

Wall Street falls as US-China trade conflict intensifies

By Nick Beams, 24 August 2019

Tweets by Trump in response to tariff measures by Beijing were his most belligerent to date, taking aim not only against China, but US corporations and the Federal Reserve.

Rift widens between Australia and Pacific Island states

By John Braddock, 24 August 2019

The Pacific Islands Forum has opened up a bitter dispute over the Australian government’s refusal to agree to urgent measures to address climate change.

US escalates preparations for nuclear war with Russia and China

By Andre Damon, 23 August 2019

After withdrawing from the INF treaty, the US is accelerating its preparations to fight a nuclear war with China or Russia by testing and stockpiling dangerous new weapons in a nuclear arms race.

How to fight for democratic rights in Hong Kong

By Peter Symonds, 22 August 2019

Hong Kong workers and youth need to reach out to their class brothers and sisters in China who confront the same class enemy—the Stalinist regime in Beijing that defends the interests of the corporate elite and the super-rich.

Australia’s US Studies Centre advocates war-footing against China

By James Cogan, 22 August 2019

The policies that the pro-US think tank proposes could not be implemented without the suppression of widespread political opposition.

Twitter purges 200,000 accounts “originating from China”

By Oscar Grenfell, 21 August 2019

The company’s actions are part of a campaign, in collaboration with the US government and intelligence agencies, to censor unfavourable or adverse political content on social media.

016 Hong Kong

20 August 2019

Australian prime minister elevates pro-US militarists to top cabinet, intelligence positions

By James Cogan, 20 August 2019

Shearer’s role will be to advise Morrison and other ministers on how to publicly promote the US-led preparations for war with China.

As China masses troops on border, Trump calls for end to Hong Kong “problem”

By Mike Head, 16 August 2019

The US president solidarised himself with his Chinese counterpart in the “tough business” of dealing with social unrest.

Australia: Pro-US ideologue brands student groups as China’s “useful idiots”

By Oscar Grenfell, 15 August 2019

Clive Hamilton’s comments are a warning that Australia’s involvement in the US drive to war with China will be accompanied by political repression domestically.

Hong Kong protests met with denunciations and threats

By Peter Symonds, 14 August 2019

The muted response to the threats of Chinese intervention reflects fear in ruling circles internationally that events in Hong Kong could be replicated in cities around the world.

Protest sit-in shuts Hong Kong international airport

By Peter Symonds, 13 August 2019

The closure of the world’s eighth biggest airport, following on from last week’s general strike, marks a significant deepening of the political crisis in Hong Kong.

Concerns grow over global financial stability

By Nick Beams, 13 August 2019

There is now a historically unprecedented situation in bond markets where it is estimated that some $15 trillion worth of government bonds are trading at negative yields, meaning an investor who purchased the bond and held it to maturity would make a loss.

Establishment figures welcome renewed anti-China hysteria in Australia

By James Cogan, 13 August 2019

The ruling elite requires Australia’s incorporation into US war preparations to be accompanied by slandering any public opposition as the product of “Chinese interference.”

UK growth contraction caps week of economic turbulence

By Nick Beams, 10 August 2019

The British GDP data ended a week of deepening uncertainty in financial markets and growing fears of a recession in major areas of the global economy.

Following AUSMIN talks, Australian politician compares China to Nazi Germany

By James Cogan, 10 August 2019

Andrew Hastie falsely compared the purported failure of Australia to respond to the threat posed by China with France’s lack of response to the “German advance in 1940.”

Canada’s ruling elite whipping up anti-China hysteria to pave way for repression, rearmament and war

By Roger Jordan, 10 August 2019

All the organs of Canadian bourgeois propaganda—government institutions, political parties and corporate media outlets—have united to cast Ottawa as a beleaguered David confronting a Chinese Goliath.

Currency war: A new stage in capitalist breakdown

By Nick Beams, 8 August 2019

A global currency conflict will take the economic warfare being waged by the US against “strategic competitors” such as China as well as its nominal allies to a new level.

General strike signals entry of working class into Hong Kong protests

By Peter Symonds, 7 August 2019

The mass protests in Hong Kong, which have continued for more than two months, are part of the resurgence of the working class internationally.

Tens of thousands of workers strike throughout Hong Kong

By Ben McGrath, 6 August 2019

The ruling class throughout the world is deeply fearful of the spread of social discontent as the working class moves into open struggle for its democratic and social rights.

US-China trade conflict escalates to currency war

By Nick Beams, 6 August 2019

Stock markets fell sharply around the world yesterday, amid fears of a currency war, after China allowed its currency, the renminbi, to pass through the benchmark of 7 to the US dollar.

General strike by Hong Kong workers against extradition law

By Peter Symonds, 5 August 2019

The strike signals the entry of the working class, on a class basis, into the mass protest movement, pointing to the underlying social and economic issues driving the opposition.

Trump’s trade war measures hit the financial markets

By Nick Beams, 3 August 2019

In its analysis of the latest turn in the trade war, the South China Morning Post said China had to decide either to a walk away from the negotiations or make major concessions to the US.

Trump escalates trade war against China

By Nick Beams, 2 August 2019

The decision to impose a 10 percent tariff on $300 billion worth of Chinese goods, covering a wide range of consumer products, represents the most significant intensification of the more than year-long trade war to date.

Factory explosion in central Chinese city kills 15

By Robert Campion, 30 July 2019

Claims by authorities to address safety after such industrial accidents have proven to be empty words.

Protests in Hong Kong continue despite escalating police violence

By Ben McGrath, 29 July 2019

The participation of workers at Hong Kong’s airport on Friday is an indication of the broader support for the protests in the working class.

Beijing raises prospect of military intervention in Hong Kong

By Ben McGrath, 26 July 2019

Beijing ultimately fears that the growth of working class anger will fuel similar mass protests throughout China.

Dangerous encounter of warplanes from four nations over Sea of Japan

By Ben McGrath, 25 July 2019

While the US was not directly involved, its aggressive military buildup in Asia created the conditions for the aerial standoff.

Amid growing signs of global slowdown

US-China trade talks to resume next week

By Nick Beams, 25 July 2019

The conflict has become more fraught since the US Commerce Department decided to place Huawei on its entity list, effectively banning it from supplies of US components for its operations.

Gang members attack Hong Kong protesters

By Ben McGrath, 23 July 2019

Beijing and local authorities are fearful that the Hong Kong protest movement will spread to the mainland and are employing increasingly violent means against it.

Thousands protest in central China against proposed waste incinerator

By Robert Campion, 19 July 2019

The Wuhan protests are an expression of the growing social discontent throughout China, occurring at the same time as the mass demonstrations in Hong Kong.

As US senators deepen attack on Huawei

Trump’s trade war against China hits Asian economies

By Nick Beams, 18 July 2019

Because it functions as a transhipment hub for final destinations in the rest of Asia, a sharp decline in exports from Singapore last month points to an economic slowdown across the region.

China’s growth slows to lowest level since 1992

By Nick Beams, 17 July 2019

While the growth figure is still within the official target range, there are clearly growing concerns in Beijing that it could go lower in the months ahead.

US-China trade negotiations at virtual standstill

By Nick Beams, 15 July 2019

While Beijing continues to maintain that it is open to discussions, the evidence indicates it has all but given up on any prospect of reaching an agreement.

Hong Kong protesters appeal to mainland Chinese for support

By Ben McGrath, 9 July 2019

The unity of the Chinese working class as a whole is a prerequisite for the struggle for democratic rights and social equality.

Hong Kong protests continue amid Beijing’s veiled threats of military intervention

By Ben McGrath, 6 July 2019

In an unusual move, China’s military reported on drills the day after another mass rally.

Hundreds of thousands protest on the streets of Hong Kong

By Peter Symonds, 2 July 2019

Mass protests have persisted, despite the suspension of the extradition legislation, pointing to a deeper social and political crisis.

The G20 Summit in Osaka: The war of all against all

By Andre Damon, 29 June 2019

World leaders gathered in Osaka, Japan for the G20 summit amid the relentless promotion of trade war, protectionism and militarism.

Chinese and North Korean leaders pledge closer links at Pyongyang summit

By Ben McGrath, 25 June 2019

The United States will not welcome closer relations between the two Stalinist regimes as it tries to pull the North into its own orbit.

US names Taiwan a “country,” stoking tensions with China

By Robert Campion, 21 June 2019

Washington deepens ties with Taipei in preparation for war against mainland China.

Canada rules out overture to China, vows to extradite Huawei CFO to US

By Roger Jordan, 19 June 2019

The Trudeau government has curtly dismissed the suggestion of former Liberal Prime Minister Jean Chrétien that Ottawa use its legal prerogative to block Meng’s extradition.

Millions march in Hong Kong against extradition law

By Ben McGrath, 17 June 2019

The huge demonstration on Sunday is an indication of widespread anger in Hong Kong, not only over democratic rights, but the city’s worsening social crisis.

Police crackdown against Hong Kong protesters opposing extradition bill

By Ben McGrath, 13 June 2019

Beijing fears the spread of the protests into China, as social inequality and tensions rise in both Hong Kong and the mainland.

US gears up for World War III with largest defense contract in history

By Andre Damon, 13 June 2019

The Pentagon announced Monday its single largest arms purchase ever, agreeing to buy nearly 500 F-35 fighter aircraft at a total cost of $34 billion.

Democratic candidates demand the US prepare to fight the “wars of the future”

By Andre Damon, 12 June 2019

As former Vice President Joe Biden called for a “united front” against the “threat” of China, Pete Buttigieg declared that “our military capabilities exist for a reason… we stand ready to use force.”

Trump threatens immediate imposition of China tariffs if Xi does not attend G20

By Nick Beams, 11 June 2019

In an interview with CNBC, Trump attacked opponents of his tariff measures within US business groups and renewed his offensive against the Federal Reserve on interest rates and monetary policy.

Mass protests erupt in Hong Kong

By Peter Symonds, 10 June 2019

The fight for democratic rights in Hong Kong will go forward only to the extent that it turns to and champions the struggles of the Chinese workers for their democratic and social rights.

The Tiananmen Square massacre, 30 years on

By Peter Symonds, 8 June 2019

What was lacking in the 1989 protests was not determination, audacity and courage, nor numbers, but revolutionary leadership—the essential problem facing the international working class in the 20th century.

From the archives

Ten years since the Tiananmen Square massacre

Political lessons for the working class

By James Cogan, 7 June 2019

The article confirms the essential analysis of the ICFI in 1989 that the terror unleashed by the Stalinist bureaucracy was above all directed against the working class that had risen in revolt against its policies of capitalist restoration.

From the archives:

Trotskyism and the Chinese Revolution

By Editorial of the Fourth International magazine, 6 June 2019

The following editorial in the January-June 1989 edition of the Fourth International magazine on the Tiananmen Square massacre is an indictment of Stalinism and its opportunist apologists from the standpoint of orthodox Trotskyism.

From the archives:

Stop Stalinist Terror Against Chinese Workers

Statement of the International Committee of the Fourth International, 5 June 2019

The ICFI statement entitled “Stop Stalinist Terror Against Chinese Workers” was issued on June 22, 1989, as the scope of the police dragnet and repression against workers and students expanded following the Tiananmen Square massacre.

As China-FedEx row heats up

Warnings mount that trade war could bring recession

By Nick Beams, 4 June 2019

Morgan Stanley said a global recession could start within nine months if the Trump administration goes ahead with its threat to impose a 25 percent tariff on an additional $300 billion worth of Chinese goods and Beijing retaliates.

WSWS republishes ICFI statements on Tiananmen Square massacre on June 4, 1989

4 June 2019

Thirty years after the brutal military crackdown on unarmed workers and students in Beijing, these documents contain the essential political lessons for the revolutionary struggles ahead.

From the archives:

Victory to the Political Revolution in China

Statement of the International Committee of the Fourth International, 4 June 2019

The following statement was published on June 8, 1989, just four days after the Chinese government’s brutal military crackdown on students and workers in Tiananmen Square.

The US and China on a collision course

By Andre Damon, 3 June 2019

The “cold war” between the United States and China took a major step toward becoming a “hot” war over the weekend at the annual Shangri-La defense summit in Singapore.

US defense secretary issues military threat against China

By Nick Beams, 3 June 2019

Over the past month the US has hiked tariffs on hundreds billions of dollars of Chinse goods, threatened the imposition of new imposts on all Chinese imports and virtually black banned the telecoms giant Huawei from the supply of US-made components.

China considering “rare earths” retaliation in conflict with the US

By Nick Beams, 30 May 2019

An editorial published in the state-owned People’s Daily warned that the US should not underestimate China’s ability to fight a trade war.

Former Trump adviser lays out plan for all-out economic war against China

By Nick Beams, 25 May 2019

Steve Bannon has called for Huawei, the Chinese telecoms firm, to be driven out of US and Europe, declaring this is ten times more important than any trade deal.

Amid worsening trade war, Chinese president calls for new “Long March”

By Peter Symonds, 24 May 2019

Xi Jinping’s remarks were a rallying cry to the Chinese bureaucracy as it confronts global economic instability, US trade war measures and rising social unrest.

The Huawei shock

By Nick Beams, 23 May 2019

The actions by the Trump administration against the Chinese telecoms giant Huawei have sent shock waves through the global economy and the international trading system.

Over 240,000 people back Chinese tech worker protest

By Mike Ingram, 22 May 2019

Chinese tech workers protesting inhumane working conditions have received massive international support.

US warships provocatively challenge China’s claims in South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 21 May 2019

The so-called freedom of navigation operation underscores the danger that trade war with China will escalate into military conflict as the US seeks to ensure its global domination.

080 US-Chinese tech workers

21 May 2019

Democrats back trade war with China

By Patrick Martin, 18 May 2019

The main criticism of Trump’s trade policy by congressional Democrats and most presidential candidates is that the president should focus exclusively on China and enlist Canada, Mexico and the European Union in an anti-China coalition.

In another escalation of trade war against China

Trump issues executive order directed at Huawei

By Nick Beams, 16 May 2019

The latest US action is an escalation in what could be described as a drive to “weaponise” all arms of the state in the economic confrontation against China.

A new stage in the US-China trade war

By Nick Beams, 14 May 2019

The fundamental and irresolvable contradiction of world capitalism, between world economy and the nation-state system, lies at the root of the accelerating US-China trade war.

No agreement at US-China trade talks as positions harden

By Nick Beams, 11 May 2019

A week ago, a deal had been expected, but that scenario was blown up when the Trump administration accused Beijing of backtracking on its commitments.

US tariff hike against China goes ahead

By Nick Beams, 10 May 2019

Trump said talks with Chinese representatives would proceed, but “I have no idea what’s going to happen.”

The social crisis and the global eruption of US imperialism

By Bill Van Auken, 9 May 2019

Washington’s brazen and reckless military threats and provocations on a world scale are driven by deep-going social and political crises within the US itself.

The New York Times and its Uyghur “activist”

By Peter Symonds, 9 May 2019

The promotion of Rushan Abbas by the New York Times is a classic example of its role in pushing the bogus “human rights” issues used by US imperialism to prosecute its interests.

230 NYT and Uiughrs

8 May 2019

Greetings to Chinese workers and youth on the centenary of the May 4 movement

By Peter Symonds, 7 May 2019

We are publishing here the text of the speech to the 2019 Online International May Day Rally delivered by Peter Symonds.

215 NYT and Uighurs

6 May 2019

One hundred years since the May 4 movement in China—Part Two

By Peter Symonds, 6 May 2019

The Chinese Communist Party today distorts the significance of the events of May 4, 1919. It has long ago repudiated the democratic principles of the New Culture movement and the socialist internationalism upon which the party was founded.

Bernie Sanders attacks Biden from the right on China trade

By Ben McGrath, 4 May 2019

In criticizing the former vice president, Sanders echoed Trump's anti-China demagogy and economic nationalism.

US-China trade talks enter final phase

By Nick Beams, 4 May 2019

One of the main sticking points is agreement on the procedure by which US tariffs imposed on $250 billion worth of Chinese goods would be lifted if a trade agreement is reached.

One hundred years since the May 4 movement in China—Part One

By Peter Symonds, 4 May 2019

The May 4 movement which erupted in 1919 was part of a broader intellectual ferment, profoundly influenced by the Russian Revolution, that led to the establishment of the Chinese Communist Party in 1921.

US threatens UK over Huawei involvement in 5G network

By Robert Stevens, 1 May 2019

After it was leaked that Huawei could help build the British 5G network, the Trump administration is threatening to shut Britain out of “Five Eyes” intelligence sharing.

China hosts second Belt and Road Initiative forum

By Peter Symonds, 30 April 2019

Chinese President Xi was anxious to use the BRI event to counter mounting US criticism of the infrastructure plan and strengthen ties across Eurasia and with Africa.

New round of US-China trade talks

By Nick Beams, 19 April 2019

Among the most contentious issues that remain unresolved are which US tariffs would continue force and the establishment of an enforcement mechanism.

Ash is the Purest White: Finding one’s way in “the new ‘capitalist’ China”

And Working Woman from Israel

By David Walsh, 13 April 2019

Jia Zhangke has demonstrated a concern with the fate of workers and others whose lives have been turned upside down by the full integration of China into the global capitalist economy.

“Four Corners” broadcasts further claims of “Chinese interference” in Australia

By Peter Symonds, 10 April 2019

The “Four Corners” program signals a push to enforce the draconian “foreign interference” laws, passed last year with bipartisan support.

US-China trade deal pushed back

By Nick Beams, 6 April 2019

Trump emerged from a meeting with chief Chinese trade negotiator Liu He to say it would take at least four weeks to reach an agreement as he declined to set a date for a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Confrontation between Chinese and Taiwanese fighter jets

By Peter Symonds, 3 April 2019

The incident highlights the dangers of a war in Asia fueled by the Trump administration, which has deliberately inflamed the region’s volatile flashpoints.

Xi signs strategic EU-China deals amid growing EU-US tensions

By Alex Lantier, 29 March 2019

Rome’s endorsement of China’s Belt and Road Initiative in the face of explicit US disapproval points to deep tensions between US and European imperialism.

Xi Jinping tours Europe amid growing divisions between America and EU

By Alex Lantier, 29 March 2019

As bitter tensions erupt between Washington and the European Union over China’s policies in Eurasia, European imperialism is furiously rearming.

US defence secretary takes aim at China

By Peter Symonds, 19 March 2019

Shanahan’s focus on China as the chief “threat” parallels the Trump administration’s trade war measures, aimed at shoring up US global dominance.