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Online Discussion Series in September 2020: China and the Left – Critical Analysis & Grassroots Activism

This online discussion series brings together activists and researchers with a left-wing perspective in order to shed more light on China’s changed role in the world as well as on the social conflicts and mobilizations in the country. It tries to instigate more direct exchanges and solidarity at the grassroots level between overseas initiatives and social struggles and activists in China. Continue reading

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Why China Is Capitalist

Eli Friedman wrote an interesting article for Spectre Journal on Why China Is Capitalist. Toward an anti-nationalist anti-imperialism. Continue reading

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Leninists in a Chinese Factory

Zhang Yueran wrote an article for the Made in China Journal website on the organizing attempts of Maoist students in the Jasic factory in Shenzhen: Leninists in a Chinese Factory. Reflections on the Jasic Labour Organising Strategy. Continue reading

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Interview on the Protest Movement in Hong Kong

This is an interview on the latest developments in Hong Kong, the protest movement, ‘Hong Kong identity,’ and more. The Italian version was published here. The interview was done by email with an activist who has been involved in social movements in Hong Kong for several years and has been part of the current movement from the start, with a left-wing standpoint and a critical view on some of the forms and aims of the movement. Continue reading

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The Communist Road to Capitalism

The book The Communist Road to Capitalism. How Social Unrest and Containment Have Pushed China’s (R)evolution since 1949 has just been announced and will be published by PM Press in October 2020. Continue reading

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Critical Perspectives on the “Jasic Movement” – Suitable tactics of intervention?

The blog nqch.org published a short summary of the “Jasic Movement,” the wave of repression that followed, and the debate among left-wing groups in China on the current state of class struggles and forms of labor support in China – as well as a list of selected articles on the “Jasic Movement” in English and Chinese: Critical Perspectives on the “Jasic Movement”. Continue reading

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“Jasic Movement” Debate – Chris Chan: Student activists who intervene in factories should adjust their steps once more

This interview with Chris Chan on the “Jasic Movement” was conducted on May 22, 2019, at the Chinese University Hong Kong and published in Chinese by reignitepress.com. Continue reading

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“Jasic Movement” Debate – Pun Ngai’s response to criticism: “Don’t let them sacrifice in vain”

The “Jasic Movement” describes the organizing attempts of labor activists at the company Jasic in Shenzhen. The labor dispute between Jasic workers and management led to dismissals and arrests of workers and activists in mid-2018. After Maoist student groups organized support locally, many of them were arrested, too. What followed was a wave of repression by China’s security forces against various groups of labor activists in the second half of 2018 and throughout 2019. This interview with Pun Ngai on her role in the “Jasic Movement” was conducted on May 16, 2019, at Hong Kong University and published in Chinese by reignitepress.com. Continue reading

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Out of Control – Hong Kong’s Rebellious Movement and the Left

Ralf Ruckus wrote an article for the blog naoqingchu.org about the current movement in Hong Kong. It gives an overview of the escalated confrontation and argues that the broad ignorance of the global left is a mistake. Continue reading

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The Forgotten Socialists of Tian’anmen Square

Zhang Yueran wrote an article for Jacobin on the 1989 Tian’anmen Movement. Continue reading

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