Hong Kong ban on masks can’t stop struggle for political rights

Vol. 83/No. 38 - October 21, 2019

As mass protests for political rights and against Beijing’s interference continued, the Hong Kong government announced Oct. 4 it was implementing a highly controversial ban on people wearing face masks at public assemblies. The Chinese government applauded the repressive measure,…

Hong Kong protests continue to demand rights

Vol. 83/No. 34 - September 23, 2019
Hong Kong protests continue to demand rights

Fourteen weeks of protests in Hong Kong, some drawing a million people or more, forced Hong Kong’s chief executive, Carrie Lam, to withdraw her hated bill Sept. 4 that would have legalized extradition to the Chinese mainland. The bill would…

Hong Kong protests demand Beijing grant political rights

Vol. 83/No. 31 - August 26, 2019
Demonstrators at Hong Kong airport shut down all flights Aug. 12-13. Hundreds of thousands of working people have been protesting over 10 weeks. Demands include direct elections.

Protests involving hundreds of thousands of working people demanding greater political rights have continued for a 10th week in Hong Kong. Many at the actions are demanding the government of the semi-autonomous territory and its Beijing overseers grant direct elections…

New US tariffs aimed at slowing rising power of rival Beijing

Vol. 83/No. 30 - August 19, 2019

President Donald Trump threatened to impose 10% tariffs on $300 billion of imports from China next month after trade talks in Shanghai failed to reach any agreement between the U.S. and Chinese governments. The deepening trade dispute triggered a sell-off…

US capitalist rulers ban Huawei in trade squeeze on Beijing

Vol. 83/No. 23 - June 10, 2019
Container ship loaded with goods from China berths at Port of Los Angeles in 2011. U.S. rulers are using Huawei ban and tariffs on greater volume of imports from China as leverage against Beijing in trade talks. Competing rulers seek deal that best defends their capitalist interests.

On May 15 Washington escalated its attack on Chinese telecom giant Huawei, taking steps to cut the company off from suppliers and ban it from doing business in the U.S.  President Donald Trump that day signed an executive order enabling…

US-China rulers’ trade dispute part of broader rivalry in Pacific

Vol. 83/No. 21 - May 27, 2019

President Donald Trump levied steeper tariffs on $200 billion worth of goods and took steps to impose taxes on nearly all Chinese imports, as five months of trade talks between Washington and Beijing are nearing an end. Three days later…

Speakout protests Beijing’s repression of Uighur people

Vol. 83/No. 19 - May 13, 2019

REDMOND, Wash. — “We are not an ethnic minority but an independent people with a long history. The Chinese government is attempting to wipe this out,” Duke University student Aydin Anwar told a speakout at the Muslim Association of Puget…

New battalions of working-class fighters in formation in China

Vol. 83/No. 17 - April 29, 2019
Workers block Hi-P company gates in Shanghai, 2011, after bosses announced layoffs. Rapid capitalist growth in China has created big industrial working class with great political potential.

The Book of the Month this week is Capitalism’s World Disorder: Working-Class Politics at the Millennium by Jack Barnes, national secretary of the Socialist Workers Party. The excerpt below, from “Youth and the Communist Movement,” foresaw much of the way…

Ongoing trade rivalry between US and Chinese rulers ripples worldwide

Vol. 83/No. 15 - April 15, 2019

High-level negotiations continue in the yearlong trade dispute between Beijing and Washington with both governments reporting progress toward an agreement. Any short-term reset of trading relations would ease tensions, but won’t resolve the rivalry between the two biggest players in…

Washington, Beijing rulers vie over trade, telecommunications markets

Vol. 83/No. 7 - February 18, 2019

Negotiations in Washington between senior officials of the U.S. and Chinese governments over the tariff duel between the two ruling classes ended inconclusively Jan. 31. Two days before the talks U.S. authorities indicted Chinese tech giant Huawei over corporate espionage…