Asia-Pacific

Thailand Legalizes Abortion Up to 12 Weeks

The Thai senate has voted to make abortion legal in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, but will maintain penalties for abortions performed after this period. While the law is a step forward, it falls short of full decriminalization.

Indian Workers Ambush iPhone Sweatshop to Protest Unpaid Wages

Workers in the southern city of Bangalore stormed an iPhone manufacturing plant on Saturday, breaking windows and turning over vehicles. They demand their unpaid wages, as well as better wages and working conditions.

Sikh protesters in India hold up their fists.

Indian Farmers on Strike. They Should Continue — Indefinitely

Farmers in India led a nationwide strike yesterday, December 8, to mount the pressure on Delhi to repeal the three new agricultural laws passed by the Modi government. To win their demands, they, along with the hundreds of millions of workers in the country’s most strategic sectors, need to continue down the path opened by the strike.

Farmers Unions in India Call for National General Strike Dec. 8

Tomorrow, December 8, farmers unions across India have called for a strike to deepen their ongoing protests against three new laws passed by Modi’s BJP-controlled government that will give corporations immense bargaining power over farmers and effective control of the agricultural sector.

China and Imperialism: Elements of the Debate

The question of China’s place in the international order is central to characterizing where the capitalist world system is headed. It has been the subject of a debate in which we find quite divergent positions — a sign of its complexity. This article is part of a process of elaboration and discussion underway in the Trotskyist Fraction–Fourth International.

Fifteen Asia-Pacific Countries Sign World’s Largest Free Trade Agreement

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) was signed November 15 by 15 Asia-Pacific countries, to great fanfare in China’s pro-regime press. Currently of relatively limited economic scope, it could in the long term be a fulcrum in the fierce struggle between the major powers to conquer Asian markets.