China

Thousands protest over migrant worker’s death in Beijing

By John Chan, 13 May 2013

The suspicious death of a young female migrant worker sparked demonstrations in the Chinese capital.

Growing signs of a financial crisis in China

By John Chan, 10 May 2013

There are growing concerns about China’s slowing economy and the fragility of its financial system.

Pentagon accuses China of cyber attacks

By John Chan, 9 May 2013

The 2013 annual Pentagon report on the Chinese military depicts China as an aggressor threatening global cyber security and regional stability in Asia-Pacific.

California governor Brown travels to China

By Julien Kiemle and Marc Wells, 6 May 2013

Governor Brown’s recent trip to China aims at attracting Chinese capital with promises of poverty wages in California.

Tensions rise in India-China border stand-off

By Deepal Jayasekera, 4 May 2013

The current border stand-off between India and China reflects the explosive political tensions unleashed by the Obama administration’s “pivot to Asia.”

Border tensions between India and China escalate

By Deepal Jayasekera, 27 April 2013

India has alleged that a platoon of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) intruded 10 kilometers into Indian territory.

China uses Boston bombing to appeal to US for unity

By John Chan, 26 April 2013

The Chinese media has appealed for a joint “war on terror” with the US as means of convincing Obama to ease up on his “pivot to Asia.”

Chinese defence paper warns of US “hegemonism”

By John Chan, 20 April 2013

Confronted by Obama’s aggressive “pivot to Asia” aimed at encircling China, Beijing has been forced to rethink its military doctrine.

Taiwan holds military exercises amid rising US-China tensions

By John Chan, 18 April 2013

Taiwan launched live-fire exercises this week, based on the premise of countering a Chinese attack on islands in the Taiwan Strait.

US Secretary of State blackmails China over North Korea

By John Chan, 15 April 2013

Kerry made clear that the US would continue to deploy advanced weapons in the region, unless Beijing “put some teeth” into forcing North Korea to denuclearise.

China confronts dilemma over Korean crisis

By John Chan, 10 April 2013

A debate has opened up in Chinese ruling circles over its longstanding alliance with North Korea.

Former Australian PM urges US-China rapprochement

By Patrick O’Connor, 10 April 2013

Rudd’s international tour reflects concerns in ruling circles about the growing danger of war between China and the US.

Australian PM’s China trip prepared by top-level, secret committee

By Peter Symonds, 6 April 2013

The committee’s purpose is to refocus all aspects of the Australian state apparatus on China as an integral part of Washington’s confrontational policies toward Beijing.

China: Suicide and strike at Foxconn

By John Chan, 4 April 2013

Amid China’s economic slowdown and falling exports, sharpening social tensions have been expressed in several strikes by workers.

A week of human carnage in China’s mines

By John Chan, 3 April 2013

Each of the three latest disasters occurred in a large enterprise directly owned and operated by the national government.

New Chinese president courts Africa

By John Chan, 28 March 2013

Xi declared that China would treat Africa as an “equal” partner, in contrast to the former colonial powers.

Chinese president’s “historic visit” to Russia

By John Chan, 26 March 2013

Mutual concern over US militarism is driving China and Russia into closer military and economic ties.

US intensifies pressure on China over North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 21 March 2013

China has warned that the US boosting of anti-ballistic missile systems in the Asia Pacific will only intensify geo-political antagonisms.

China’s new premier to enforce “painful” market restructuring

By John Chan, 20 March 2013

Premier Li Keqiang has now joined the new CCP leadership as it prepares to implement a sweeping pro-business agenda.

China’s NPC installs new leadership

By John Chan, 18 March 2013

The two top leaders—President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang—set out their economic and foreign policy orientation in broad terms.

China’s new leadership signals more assertive foreign policy

By John Chan, 16 March 2013

While seeking to avoid any immediate confrontation with the US, China’s new president has emphasised the need to defend the country’s core interests.

Mounting economic instabilities loom over Chinese congress

By John Chan, 8 March 2013

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, as he stepped down, warned of an “unbalanced” and “unsustainable” economy.

Former top Obama official warns of “powder keg” in Asia

By Peter Symonds, 27 February 2013

Ex-assistant secretary of state Kurt Campbell described the escalating tensions between China and Japan as the most difficult situation he had faced.

Pakistan transfers strategic Gwadar port to China

By Sampath Perera, 26 February 2013

Indian opposition to the transfer of the Pakistani port to China points to the explosive geo-political tensions triggered by the US “pivot to Asia.”

US preparations for cyber war against China

By Peter Symonds, 23 February 2013

The demonisation of China as a global cyber threat follows a well-established modus operandi: it is to establish the pretext for new US acts of aggression.

US uses hacking allegations to escalate threats against China

By Barry Grey, 21 February 2013

The anti-China propaganda offensive is part of an aggressive expansion of US military capabilities, both conventional and cyber-based.

China presses Burma for Kachin peace deal

By John Roberts, 19 February 2013

Beijing has intervened to shore up its relations with Burma and to prevent the ethnic conflict from spilling into southern China.

Local government debts expose China’s financial instability

By John Chan, 16 February 2013

The surge of debt during 2012 is a sign of financial distress, as local governments struggle with a slowing economy, and borrow to repay existing loans.

Foxconn stages union elections: A trap for Chinese workers

By John Chan, 13 February 2013

The move—backed by the Chinese regime and Western corporate giants—is an attempt to avert a social explosion.

Tokyo accuses Chinese navy of “locking onto” Japanese targets

By Peter Symonds, 7 February 2013

The latest Japanese claims come on top of months of escalating friction between the two countries following Tokyo’s “nationalisation” of the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands.

The Philippines takes South China Sea dispute to UN tribunal

By Joseph Santolan, 31 January 2013

The case represents a further ratcheting up of tensions between China and other regional claimants to the South China Sea.

Chinese media on war footing

By a correspondent from China, 28 January 2013

Chinese TV, newspapers and Internet blogs promote militarism and war.

US inflames island dispute between Japan and China

By Peter Symonds, 22 January 2013

Clinton’s comments were a thinly-disguised warning that the US could intervene if China continued to challenge Japanese control over the contested islands.

Further strikes in China as economy slows

By John Chan, 21 January 2013

China’s growth rate slowed to 7.8 percent in 2012, putting pressure on employers to cut costs.

Japanese government boosts military spending

By Peter Symonds, 17 January 2013

With Washington’s encouragement, Japan’s new government is pursuing an aggressive diplomatic and military strategy against China.

Chinese media censorship sparks protest

By Will Morrow, 14 January 2013

Southern Weekend journalists protested against the re-writing of the paper’s New Year’s Eve editorial by a local propaganda official.

Japan, Philippines boost ties as tensions with China escalate

By Joseph Santolan, 12 January 2013

The meeting was calculated to defuse long-standing historical objections to Japanese expansionism throughout the South East Asian region.

Island dispute continues to fuel China-Japan tensions

By Peter Symonds, 8 January 2013

While the latest incidents have not escalated into a dangerous diplomatic row, each had the potential to do so.

Chinese government imposes new Internet censorship law

By Will Morrow, 7 January 2013

The main purpose is to stifle online political discussion and the use of social media to organise protests.

China’s red aristocracy

By John Chan, 31 December 2012

Economic and political power in China is concentrated in the hands of a tiny super-rich elite associated with the Communist Party.

Unpaid wages spark strikes in China

By John Chan, 29 December 2012

Amid an economic slowdown, a number of strikes and protests have erupted.

New Chinese leader signals further pro-market restructuring

By John Chan, 18 December 2012

Xi’s trip to southern China replicated Deng Xiaoping’s 1992 “southern tour,” which accelerated the restoration of capitalism.

Air incident escalates Japan/China tensions over disputed islands

By Peter Symonds, 15 December 2012

Both countries have exploited the issue to stir up nationalism to divert attention from a worsening economic and social crisis at home.

Global tensions overshadow Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit

By John Chan, 14 December 2012

The push by China and Russia for greater Eurasian economic integration is coming into direct conflict with US interests.

Chinese leadership tries to revamp its corrupt image

By John Chan, 12 December 2012

The campaign seeks to dampen widespread public hostility to the regime’s endemic corruption and prepare the ground for a pro-market offensive.

South China Sea disputes flare up

By Peter Symonds, 5 December 2012

The Philippines and Vietnam have condemned new Chinese regulations to permit the boarding of foreign ships in what Beijing regards as its territorial waters.

Chinese journalist arrested for reporting homeless children’s deaths

By Oliver Campbell, 28 November 2012

Li Yuanlong’s arrest is a warning that the new Communist Party leadership will be ruthless in suppressing political dissent.

Twenty years since Deng Xiaoping’s “Southern tour”—Part 2

By John Chan, 27 November 2012

On his 1992 tour, Deng made no secret of his embrace of capitalism.

China’s leadership announces new anti-corruption campaign

By John Chan, 27 November 2012

The regime is not only fearful that corruption will fuel a working class rebellion, but is exploiting the issue to push through its pro-market agenda.

Twenty years since Deng Xiaoping’s “Southern tour”—Part 1

By John Chan, 26 November 2012

The tour became a key turning point in the process of capitalist restoration in China.

China: Homeless children found dead in rubbish bin

By Oliver Campbell, 24 November 2012

The gulf between circumstances of the children and the lavish surroundings of the recent Communist Party congress highlights the deep social divide in China.

Push for pro-market reform after Chinese Communist Party congress

By John Chan, 23 November 2012

International and local business elites are pressing for a new round of economic restructuring in China, especially targeting state enterprises.

A significant report on the global economy

By Nick Beams, 23 November 2012

China and India will not be able to provide the basis for a new period of global growth

China’s new leaders: Profiles of oligarchs

By John Chan, 21 November 2012

The seven Politburo members represent the new property-owning elite created by the regime’s program of restoring capitalism over the past 30 years.

China’s new leadership—a regime of crisis

By John Chan, 19 November 2012

The economy is markedly slowing and the US is waging an offensive to block China’s rise as a potential rival.

Chinese Communist Party unveils new leadership

By John Chan, 16 November 2012

All factions have agreed that the regime is heading for a confrontation with the working class.

Beijing’s phony campaign for social equality

By John Chan, 14 November 2012

The Chinese leadership is gearing up for a new round of privatisation and pro-market restructuring.

Chinese president’s speech points to uncertainty and crises ahead

By John Chan, 9 November 2012

Despite the show of unity at the CCP congress, deep divisions remain over domestic and foreign policy.

Asia Europe Meeting in Laos marked by economic and strategic tensions

By Joseph Santolan, 9 November 2012

The ASEM gathering was dominated by the worsening economic crisis in Europe and the growing US confrontation with China.

Chinese Communist Party congress: An oligarchic gathering

By John Chan, 8 November 2012

The wealth of the top CCP leaders is a carefully guarded secret, because of the mounting popular hostility toward these self-proclaimed “people’s servants.”

Chinese Communist Party congress preceded by expulsions

By John Chan, 7 November 2012

Despite the eventual agreement to expel Bo Xilai in order to allow the congress to proceed, enormous tensions remain within the leadership.

China’s leadership change

By John Chan, 5 November 2012

Whoever prevails in the Chinese Communist Party congress, their mandate is to carry out an onslaught on the living standards of the working class.

Protests in Chinese city halt multi-billion chemical project

By John Chan, 2 November 2012

Local residents are deeply concerned that pollution from the Ningbo Chemical Industrial Zone has led to rising rates of cancer and other diseases.

Corruption allegations hit Chinese premier on eve of Communist Party congress

By John Chan, 1 November 2012

Allegations like those that brought down disgraced official Bo Xilai have surfaced against Premier Wen Jiabao.

Island dispute between Japan and China grows more tense

By Peter Symonds, 24 October 2012

By encouraging Japan to aggressively assert its interests, the Obama administration is responsible for the current tensions with China.

China’s economic growth slows to lowest level in three years

By John Chan, 19 October 2012

The latest growth figures underscore the fact that China is not immune from the breakdown gripping the world economy.

Economic fallout of Japan-China island dispute widens

By John Chan, 17 October 2012

The escalating diplomatic row between China and Japan led to a boycott of IMF/World Bank talks in Tokyo by top Chinese financial officials.

US stokes China-Japan dispute over Senkaku/Diaoyu islands

By Alex Lantier, 16 October 2012

Washington is deepening its support for Japan in its standoff with China over uninhabited islands in the East China Sea.

Foxconn strikes and the global class struggle

By John Chan, 10 October 2012

The unbearable conditions at Foxconn parallel those that fuelled the recent strikes by South African miners and Bangladeshi garment workers.

Growing world slump overshadows IMF-World Bank meeting

By Nick Beams, 9 October 2012

The annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank which starts in Tokyo today comes amid growing signs of a major economic downturn.

China’s Foxconn rocked by more labour unrest

By John Chan, 8 October 2012

Workers making the new iPhone at the Zhengzhou plant have been forced to work over 20 hours of overtime per week and to meet strict quality standards.

IMF chief warns: China-Japan dispute threatens world economy

By John Chan, 8 October 2012

The conflict between the governments in the world’s second and third largest economies over disputed islands in the East China Sea could compound global economic turmoil.

39 killed in Hong Kong ferry disaster

By Will Morrow, 8 October 2012

In the worst maritime disaster in Hong Kong for 40 years, a ferry boat rapidly sank after colliding with a privately operated vessel.

China’s sweatshops exploit students

By Louis Zou, 2 October 2012

Students are increasingly being exploited as a source of cheap labour for major corporations operating in China.

China: Bo Xilai expelled from the Communist Party

By John Chan, 29 September 2012

While an agreement in the top Chinese leadership has been made about Bo’s fate, none of the bitter inner-party factional differences have been resolved.

Japan and China face off in island dispute

By Peter Symonds, 26 September 2012

Despite talks between Chinese and Japanese officials, tensions remain high over the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands.

Thousands of Foxconn workers clash with security guards in China

By John Chan, 25 September 2012

In a sign of rising social tensions, the Chinese authorities deployed thousands of police to suppress the protest.

Amid rising tensions, US defense secretary visits China and Japan

By Peter Symonds, 22 September 2012

While appealing for calm between Japan and China, Panetta took further steps to bolster the US-Japan alliance, exacerbating an already tense standoff.

Oppose Chinese and Japanese nationalism

By John Chan, 21 September 2012

Both governments have seized on the dispute over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands to whip up chauvinism to deflect attention from deepening social and economic crises at home.

Mounting anti-Japanese protests in China

By John Chan, 19 September 2012

Both the Chinese and Japanese governments have stirred nationalist “public opinion” to such levels that it could drive them into a military confrontation.

The strange absence of China’s vice president

By John Chan, 15 September 2012

The disappearance of the president-in-waiting, Xi Jinping, from public view points to bitter factional infighting within the Chinese Communist Party regime.

Chinese president’s top aide sidelined

By John Chan, 14 September 2012

The ousting of President Hu Jintao’s right-hand man, Ling Jihua, earlier this month is another indication of sharp factional infighting before the upcoming CCP congress.

Tensions between China and Japan flare over disputed islands

By Peter Symonds, 13 September 2012

The dispute has the potential to escalate into a dangerous confrontation between the world’s second and third largest economies.

Chinese military conducts long-range missile tests

By Mark Church, 12 September 2012

The Chinese missile tests are a response to the US military build-up in Asia and fears that China’s nuclear arsenal is vulnerable to an American “first strike.”

Clinton stokes up tensions with China on tour of Asia

By Peter Symonds, 11 September 2012

Far from being a voice of moderation, Clinton used her trip to further undermine and isolate China, stoking disputes particularly over the South China Sea.

More than 80 killed by earthquakes in southwestern China

By Oliver Campbell, 10 September 2012

The impact of the quakes has been magnified by shoddy building standards, poor transport infrastructure, and limited rescue and relief operations.

Open letter demands Chinese premier’s removal

By John Chan, 8 September 2012

The letter underscores the sharp factional differences within the Chinese Communist Party prior to its upcoming congress.

China: Sixty killed in two mine disasters

By Mark Church, 7 September 2012

Two mine explosions have claimed 45 and 15 lives respectively, once more demonstrating the dangerous conditions in Chinese mines.

Clinton pressures Beijing over South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 6 September 2012

The blunt reactions of Chinese officials and the media point to deepening resentment at the Obama administration’s aggressive intervention into the region.

Clinton intervenes at Pacific Islands Forum

By Tom Peters, 4 September 2012

Washington is asserting itself throughout the Pacific region and stoking tensions with China.

German chancellor visits China

By Stefan Steinberg, 1 September 2012

At the center of the latest Sino-German talks were appeals from Berlin for financial support by China to prevent a collapse of the euro zone.

China: Bo’s wife given suspended death sentence

By John Chan, 23 August 2012

The sentence was undoubtedly a political decision made at the top level in Beijing, amid sharp factional struggles prior to the upcoming 18th Chinese Communist Party congress.

New York Times backs reckless US intervention in South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 21 August 2012

The editorial cynically blames China for the dangerous tensions in the strategic waters that the Obama administration has deliberately stoked in the past two years.

China stirs anti-Japanese protests over disputed islands

By John Chan, 20 August 2012

Both governments are exploiting the Senkaku/Diaoyu dispute to whip up chauvinist sentiment and divert from growing social tensions at home.

China slowdown deepens global crisis

By Nick Beams, 16 August 2012

Data showing a marked slowdown in the Chinese economy have a global significance for they make clear that the economic breakdown is deepening and extending to all parts of the world.

China: Trial of Bo Xilai’s wife ends quickly

By John Chan, 13 August 2012

Chinese leaders are hoping to bury factional differences as President Hu Jintao prepares to hand power to the “fifth generation” leadership.

US think tank plans military build-up against China

By Peter Symonds, 13 August 2012

While the CSIS is a non-government body, its assessment was commissioned by the US Defense Department.

China’s leaders call for “stable growth” as economy slows

By John Chan, 8 August 2012

Beijing will try to stem a six-quarter slowdown in the world’s second largest economy by boosting bank credit and further stimulus measures.

US stokes disputes in South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 7 August 2012

The US statement was calculated not to lower, but to raise regional tensions by giving implicit support to China’s neighbours to press their claims to disputed territory.

Protesters storm municipal building in China

By John Chan, 2 August 2012

For the second time in a month, a mass protest has forced authorities to stop the construction of a polluting industrial facility.