China

Sri Lankan prime minister’s India visit underscores deepening geostrategic rivalry

By K. Ratnayake, 14 February 2020

The US and India are making clear to the new Sri Lankan president that his government must not re-establish close relations with China.

World Health Organization warns of global risk from coronavirus outbreak

By Benjamin Mateus, 12 February 2020

Concerns have been voiced that the epidemic could spread widely, as cases among people who have never had contact with infected patients from China have now been diagnosed.

Coronavirus could deliver major hit to world economy

By Nick Beams, 12 February 2020

Despite a return to work in some areas, major Chinese regions have taken on a “ghost-town ambience.”

The coronavirus pandemic: A global disaster

By Bryan Dyne, 11 February 2020

The coronavirus contagion has become a disaster and a tragedy for the tens of thousands infected and the tens of millions who remain under quarantine.

Chinese authorities try to contain discontent over handling of coronavirus outbreak

By James Cogan, 10 February 2020

Wuhan doctor Li Wenliang’s tragic death has become a symbol of the regime’s repressive incompetence and indifference to the lives of the population.

Australian coronavirus travel ban blocks thousands of Chinese students

By Eric Ludlow, 8 February 2020

The blanket ban by the Morrison government affects any foreign national trying to enter Australia from mainland China.

India: 10,000 Karnataka midday-meal workers strike indefinitely; Tahiti workers strike against Macron’s pensions “reforms”

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

8 February 2020

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

020 Coronavirus protests in China

8 February 2020

Official response to coronavirus heightens popular anger at Chinese government

By James Cogan, 7 February 2020

It is apparent that Chinese officials at all levels were aware by late December that a new strain of coronavirus had emerged.

As number of cases soars, researchers announce potential coronavirus vaccine

By Benjamin Mateus, 6 February 2020

Drug companies are cautioning that vaccine manufacturing is a slow, methodical process.

New Zealand’s coronavirus travel ban stokes tensions with China

By Tom Peters, 6 February 2020

The Labour Party-led government’s decision to suspend inbound travel from China is a nationalist move that is stoking tensions with China.

Wall Street rises as coronavirus weighs heavily on global economy

By Nick Beams, 5 February 2020

Economic activity is at a virtual standstill in at least 21 Chinese provinces which account for 80 percent of the country’s gross domestic product and 90 percent of its exports.

Coronavirus outbreak disrupts global auto industry as carmakers shut down production in China

By Jessica Goldstein, 5 February 2020

The shutdown of the auto industry in China due to the coronavirus outbreak is expected to have a major impact on the world economy, with no real timeline in sight for the resumption of production.

Oil prices plummet as coronavirus epidemic drastically curtails Chinese demand

By Benjamin Mateus, 4 February 2020

China is the world’s top oil importer and uses over 10 million barrels per day.

Renowned Harvard chemistry professor charged with lying about ties to China

By Kevin Reed, 3 February 2020

There can be no question that the arrest of Dr. Charles Lieber is meant to intimidate American scientists from engaging in any way with their Chinese colleagues on scientific projects.

Nervousness grows over global impact of coronavirus outbreak in China

By Benjamin Mateus and James Cogan, 3 February 2020

The response to the 2019-nCoV coronavirus pandemic that began in Wuhan, China, is assuming evermore panicked and nationalist dimensions as the scale of the economic and social dislocation becomes clearer.

US bans foreign nationals from entry over coronavirus

By Benjamin Mateus, 1 February 2020

Governments internationally are promulgating travel restrictions with China.

Sharp fall on Wall Street as coronavirus hits global markets

By Nick Beams, 1 February 2020

Financial analysts are warning that the virus has created a more uncertain environment than the US-China trade war and its impact could be greater than that of the SARS virus in 2002–2003.

World Health Organisation officially declares coronavirus a “global health emergency”

By James Cogan, 31 January 2020

The announcement came the same day that Russia closed its border with China and authorities confirmed a human-to-human transmission of the virus in the United States.

Multiple countries curtail travel to mainland China as fears mount over coronavirus

By Benjamin Mateus and James Cogan, 30 January 2020

With 7,183 confirmed cases in less than a month—of which 68 are outside China—the number of people infected has already surpassed the 2003 SARS coronavirus pandemic.

Amid impeachment, Trump signs North American trade deal passed with Democratic support

By Tom Hall, 30 January 2020

The bipartisan support for the USMCA shows that all factions in Washington agree on an intensification of economic conflict with China.

Wuhan coronavirus accelerates while concerns over limited resources may prove catastrophic

By Benjamin Mateus, 29 January 2020

The Wuhan coronavirus epidemic is accelerating while Chinese officials attempt to mitigate the rising social tensions.

Coronavirus provokes turbulence on global stock markets

By Nick Beams, 29 January 2020

With China contributing about one third of total growth, the world economy as a whole will feel the effects.

Trump ramps up tensions with UK after Huawei 5G decision

By Thomas Scripps, 29 January 2020

The fudge decision is a desperate attempt to placate the Trump administration and avoid a collision over basic issues of economy and security.

Rising concerns over spread of the Wuhan coronavirus

By Benjamin Mateus, 27 January 2020

Medical services are being overwhelmed by the 2,744 confirmed cases and at least 80 reported deaths, as authorities in China and internationally attempt to contain the spread of the epidemic.

Second case of coronavirus confirmed in the US

By Benjamin Mateus, 25 January 2020

Since the virus was first identified, more than 1,000 people have now been infected worldwide, and in the latest report the death toll has climbed to 41, all having died in mainland China.

Major Chinese city in lockdown as novel coronavirus spreads internationally

By Benjamin Mateus, 24 January 2020

With hundreds of millions of people travelling for the Chinese New Year, there are concerns the outbreak could become an international pandemic.

Canadian judge begins hearing Washington’s geopolitically explosive demand for extradition of top Huawei executive

By Roger Jordan, 23 January 2020

Canadian authorities seized Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou at the behest of Washington, which is seeking her extradition on the basis of bogus fraud charges.

US and UK clash over Huawei involvement in 5G rollout

By Robert Stevens, 18 January 2020

The rollout of 5G broadband wireless networks globally is becoming an arena for the eruption of geopolitical tensions.

US-China trade deal leaves basic conflict festering

By Mike Head, 16 January 2020

The “phase one” pact does not address the core demands issued by Washington for the wholesale restructuring of the Chinese economy.

New Zealand fascist group targets Chinese-born MP

By Tom Peters, 16 January 2020

Action Zealandia, whose website resembles the Christchurch terrorist’s manifesto, placed racist posters on National Party MP Jian Yang’s office.

Trump sets date for signing of “phase one” trade deal with China

By Nick Beams, 3 January 2020

The signing of the “phase one” deal would not bring an end to the US trade war against China launched in May 2018 but is merely a limited truce.

One million march in Hong Kong on New Year’s Day

By Ben McGrath, 3 January 2020

To develop a genuine struggle for democratic rights, workers, students and young people must break the bonds that have been placed on the movement by various factions of the capitalist class.

Iran, Russia and China hold joint naval drills in Indian Ocean amid US war threats

By Alex Lantier, 30 December 2019

The exercises are a signal that a US-led war targeting Iran could rapidly escalate into a global conflict involving the major nuclear powers.

Pentagon chief says US troops in Afghanistan to be redeployed against China

By Bill Van Auken, 19 December 2019

The remark by Mike Esper came amid reports that some 4,000 of the roughly 13,000 US troops now deployed in the war-ravaged country may be pulled out within weeks.

US-China deal a new phase in global trade war

By Nick Beams, 16 December 2019

In the longer term, the US wrecking operation against the World Trade Organisation is probably the most significant action in the global trade war.

NDP props up Trudeau, joins Conservatives in demanding tougher anti-China stance

By Keith Jones, 14 December 2019

The true character of the NDP’s “opposition” to the Liberals and the Conservatives—the Canadian ruling class’ traditional parties of national government—was laid bare in two recent parliamentary votes.

999 NDP props up Trudeau, joins Conservatives in demanding tougher anti China stance

13 December 2019

US renews insults and threats against North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 12 December 2019

The Trump administration has made clear that it has no intention of meeting North Korea’s end-of-year deadline for meaningful talks, thus setting the stage for confrontation and conflict.

Australian media’s “Chinese spy defection” story unravels

By Oscar Grenfell, 5 December 2019

The collapse of Wang Liqiang’s story, and the revelation that he is most likely “the spy who wasn’t,” is an object lesson in the fraudulent character of the entire anti-China campaign.

Trump signs Hong Kong “democracy” bill

By Nick Beams, 29 November 2019

Entitled the “Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act”—and passed by the US Congress with only one dissenting voice, making it veto-proof—the legislation has nothing to do with either.

US media ramps up anti-China campaign over Uyghur “human rights”

By Peter Symonds, 28 November 2019

Washington has a long record of cynically exploiting “human rights” to justify regime-change operations, military provocations and wars, while ignoring the gross abuses of key allies.

Australian establishment’s anti-China campaign goes into overdrive

By Oscar Grenfell, 28 November 2019

There is little doubt that the anti-China barrage in Australia is the result of consultations with, and substantial pressure from, the US military and intelligence establishment.

Canadian government-sponsored Security Forum rails against “strategic adversaries” China and Russia

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 27 November 2019

Trump’s National Security Adviser demanded Canada massively hike military spending, restrict Huawei, and militarize the Arctic to counter China and Russia.

Australian media and intelligence agencies reveal “Chinese spy” defection

By Oscar Grenfell, 26 November 2019

Despite the implausible character of many of the defector’s claims, they have been presented uncritically by media outlets seeking to bolster the escalating and protracted campaign against supposed “Chinese interference.”

The lessons of the Hong Kong protests for the working class

By Peter Symonds, 26 November 2019

In the absence of a turn to the working class throughout China based on a socialist and internationalist perspective, the Hong Kong protest movement is being corralled behind various pro-capitalist organizations.

210 Hong Kong demonstrations

25 November 2019

Australian Strategic Forum tries to downplay danger of US-China conflict

By James Cogan, 21 November 2019

Warnings that US-China tensions could lead to war were largely dismissed by the majority of the forum speakers.

Hong Kong police lay siege to university occupied by demonstrators

By Ben McGrath, 19 November 2019

The ramping up of police violence is a precursor to even more violent methods of suppressing the months-long protest movement.

Australian establishment up-in-arms after Beijing bans visit by two MPs

By James Cogan, 19 November 2019

The hypocrisy of the latest anti-China outburst is underscored by the Australian government refusal to allow Chelsea Manning, the American whistleblower and defender of democratic rights, to travel to the country.

Chinese soldiers appear on Hong Kong streets for first time since protests began

By Ben McGrath, 18 November 2019

The use of PLA troops to clear roadblocks in Hong Kong is a thinly veiled threat that the Chinese military could be used to violently suppress the protest movement.

Former US Secretary of State Kissinger points to danger of “catastrophic” conflict between US and China

By Nick Beams, 16 November 2019

Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has warned of an inevitable “conflict” between the US and China that “will be worse than the world wars that ruined European civilisation.”

Trump threatens “substantial” increase in anti-China tariffs

By Nick Beams, 13 November 2019

In a speech to the New York Economic Club, Trump claimed, amid falling GDP numbers, that his administration had “launched an economic boom the likes of which we have never seen before.”

Hong Kong protests defy police violence and mass arrests

By Mike Head, 13 November 2019

Escalated police attacks appear to have reinforced the popular support for the protests, setting the stage for an even-more bloody confrontation.

Trump rules out rollback of China tariffs

By Nick Beams, 11 November 2019

Trump’s remarks were in response to a statement by Chinese Ministry of Commerce spokesman Gao Feng that the two sides had agreed to reduce tariffs on each other’s goods as part of any agreement.

China-led trade bloc inches forward at Asian summit

By Mike Head, 11 November 2019

The formation of the RCEP would be a blow to Washington and its drive to isolate, militarily encircle and subjugate China.

New Zealand military to expand Pacific presence

By John Braddock, 8 November 2019

The new Defence Paper extends the military’s engagement in the region in line with Washington’s war drive against China.

Uncertainty hangs over US-China trade deal

By Nick Beams, 6 November 2019

There has been no agreement from Washington to withdraw any of the tariff measures already imposed because it wants to ensure China complies with US-dictated terms.

Washington Post and New York Times incite racist campaign against Chinese-Americans

By Andre Damon, 5 November 2019

The newspapers most closely associated with the Democratic Party and the US intelligence agencies are inciting racially-motivated suspicions of Americans of Chinese ancestry.

New Zealand: Anti-China propagandist Anne-Marie Brady speaks at Victoria University of Wellington

By Tom Peters, 2 November 2019

Brady is demanding a full-scale witch hunt against Chinese “interference” in order to align New Zealand even more closely with US war preparations.

Video: 70 years after the Chinese Revolution—How the struggle for socialism was betrayed

31 October 2019

The following lecture was delivered by Peter Symonds at eight campuses in Australia and at meeting in Wellington, New Zealand.

Australian and New Zealand students speak after lecture on 70th anniversary of Chinese Revolution

By our reporters, 31 October 2019

“The real root ideas of socialism were not implemented in China from the bottom-up. I learnt that Trotskyism is internationalism, but Mao did not agree with that perspective.”

As protests continue, Hong Kong’s economy lurches into recession

By Peter Symonds, 29 October 2019

The deteriorating economy is not only being compounded by the protests, but is itself one of the driving forces behind the mass demonstrations.

Chinese president visits Nepal as tensions with the US sharpen

By Rohantha De Silva, 28 October 2019

Underscoring the importance of Nepal to China, Xi declared that “China and Nepal are bound by mountains and rivers, and stay as close as lips and teeth.”

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

By Peter Symonds, 24 October 2019

This lecture was delivered at eight campuses in Australia and New Zealand to meetings organised by the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) between September 26 and October 17.

Solomon Islands deal with Chinese developer highlights Pacific tensions

By John Braddock, 23 October 2019

Repeated claims that China wants a military foothold in the Pacific turn reality on its head to justify the aggressive build-up for war by the US and its regional allies.

The New York Times, China, and the specter of the “Yellow Peril”

By Andre Damon, 22 October 2019

In a full-page editorial in its Sunday edition, the New York Times engaged in a vicious anti-Chinese rant, warning of a “dangerous and growing threat” by the “aggressive … Communist state.”

Canada’s involvement in US-led war drive against China: An election non-issue

By Roger Jordan, 17 October 2019

A tacit all-party agreement to black out discussion of Canada’s rearmament and involvement in US strategic offensives around the world has been in effect throughout the campaign for the October 21 federal election.

Australia: “Four Corners” program promotes anti-China witch-hunt

By Oscar Grenfell, 17 October 2019

The program underscores the role of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation as a mouthpiece for the political establishment and the intelligence agencies.

Trump backs China’s handling of Hong Kong protests

By Peter Symonds, 14 October 2019

Trump’s comments demonstrate that US imperialism, far from defending democratic rights, cynically and selectively exploits “human rights” as the means for prosecuting its own interests.

US and China reach limited trade deal

By Nick Beams, 12 October 2019

The markets responded enthusiastically with the Dow finishing up by more than 300 points, but for all the celebrations, the agreement is very limited.

Introduction to the 1955 SWP resolution “The Third Chinese Revolution and its Aftermath”

By Peter Symonds, 9 October 2019

The SWP resolution summed up the lengthy discussion within the Trotskyist movement of the significance of 1949 Chinese Revolution and its deformation under the Stalinist leadership of the Chinese Communist Party.

Little prospect of agreement as US-China trade talks set to resume

By Nick Beams, 8 October 2019

China is reported to be opposed to any all-encompassing deal on trade and changes to its economic programs along the lines being demanded by the US.

Australian PM aligns with Trump administration against “globalism” and China

By James Cogan, 8 October 2019

Morrison reviewed the sweeping steps that have already been taken to assist the United States wage “strategic competition” against China.

Australian Labor Party courts big business

By Mike Head, 7 October 2019

Labor leaders are “blitzing” corporate boardrooms to win their backing in the wake of Labor’s election debacle.

Australia: Important response to first IYSSE lectures on the 1949 Chinese Revolution

By our reporters, 7 October 2019

The final lectures will be held at Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand) later today, and at Western Sydney University on October 9, the University of New South Wales on October 16, and Macquarie University on October 17.

Hong Kong’s chief executive invokes emergency law against protest movement

By Ben McGrath, 5 October 2019

The use of this British colonial era law is a warning that the ruling class in the Hong Kong and Beijing are preparing to suppress the months-long demonstrations for basic democratic rights.

Introduction to the 1951 report to the Fourth International by Chinese Trotskyist Peng Shuzhi

By Peter Symonds, 3 October 2019

The World Socialist Web Site is republishing Peng's report which provides important insights into the character of the 1949 Chinese Revolution and issues that it raised for the Fourth International.

From the archives

The Causes of the Victory of the Chinese Communist Party over Chiang Kai-Shek, and the CCP’s Perspectives

By Peng Shuzhi, 3 October 2019

Report on the Chinese Situation to the Third Congress of the Fourth International in 1951.

Chinese 70th anniversary parade testifies to a crisis-stricken regime

By James Cogan, 2 October 2019

Beside repression, the regime’s only answer to the rising unrest over widening social inequality is to promote reactionary Chinese nationalism, hoping that appeals to “national unity” will contain irreconcilable class antagonisms.

Seventy years since the Chinese Revolution

Draw the political lessons from the bankruptcy of Maoism

By Peter Symonds, 1 October 2019

The political heirs of Mao Zedong cannot explain how and why the aspirations of working people for a socialist future, for which so many sacrificed 70 years ago, have resulted in the dead end of capitalism today.

Solomon Islands and Kiribati cut ties with Taiwan, shift to China

By John Braddock, 28 September 2019

The diplomatic shifts underscore the deepening geo-strategic confrontation in the Pacific amid the intensifying US-led trade war.

Hong Kong’s chief executive launches phony dialogue platform

By Ben McGrath, 26 September 2019

While different sections of the bourgeoisie are cautious of appearing too close to Lam, all are looking for a way to shut down the protests.

Lectures in Australia and New Zealand on the 1949 Chinese Revolution

23 September 2019

In this video, Peter Symonds, SEP national WSWS editor, explains the relevance of his upcoming lecture “70 years after the Chinese Revolution: How the struggle for socialism was betrayed” to contemporary events. Details of dates and venues in Australia and New Zealand are available here.

Washington Post pushes xenophobic campaign against Chinese-Americans

By Andre Damon, 10 September 2019

The Washington Post has published an editorial giving its stamp of approval to a report by the Hoover institution arguing that Chinese nationals and ethnic Chinese Americans potentially pose a national security threat to the United States.

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.