China and the U.S.: War Games in a Tense World
The visit to Taiwan by Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, has led to a new escalation in tensions between the United States and China. Beijing responded by launching missiles right under Taiwan’s nose — war games on the knife-edge.
Esteban MercatanteAugust 10, 2022
Pelosi in Taiwan: A Risky Provocation for Imperialism
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan has made the bad Washington-Beijing relationship worse. What was her purpose?
André BarbieriAugust 3, 2022
Tension in Taiwan and the Dispute over Global Hegemony
Without clear objectives, Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan seems more like a provocation than a strategic calculation. Her trip could trigger a major international crisis involving the United States and China, with the contest for world hegemony as a backdrop.
Claudia CinattiAugust 3, 2022
Where Is China Going? A Review of Two Opposing Views
The United States is escalating its provocations against China. To understand the rivalry between the two countries, we have to understand their class nature. In the case of China, the debate over its social and economic form is far from settled. This article discusses two recent books that take quite different positions on this question.
Esteban MercatanteDecember 15, 2021
China’s Evergrande: A Serious Crisis, But Hardly an Asian Lehman Brothers
The Evergrande Group, a giant Chinese real estate developer, is on the brink of default. For the Chinese bureaucracy, the crisis is not only an “opportunity to regulate the sector,” as some would have us believe. But it is too early to declare this a Chinese version of the 2008 Lehman Brothers collapse, since the Chinese government will not likely wait for things to reach that level.
André BarbieriSeptember 21, 2021
U.S. Submarine Deal with Australia Another Provocative Step Against China
The U.S. has agreed to export nuclear submarines to Australia. The move is a huge blow to France, which will lose a huge contract signed in 2016, and is a yet another provocative step against China.
Juan ChingoSeptember 17, 2021
Afghanistan: Between Imperialism, the Taliban, and the Chinese Bureaucracy
Two decades after the invasion of Afghanistan, the Taliban have returned to power and the United States’ hegemonic project has come to an end. Trotskyism — unlike impotent Stalinism and post-Marxism — has some light to shed on Afghanistan’s necessary struggle for emancipation from imperialist oppression and capitalist exploitation and for the conquest of all democratic rights for women and ethnic minorities. National bourgeoisies cannot accomplish any of that.
André BarbieriSeptember 3, 2021
From Revolution to Capitalist Restoration: 100 Years of the Chinese Communist Party
This July marked the centenary of the Chinese Communist Party. A hundred years on, the CCP bureaucracy today is a far cry from the revolutionary workers’ party born out of the aspirations of international socialist revolution.
Sou MiAugust 5, 2021
Biden Wants $715 billion for the Pentagon — Republicans and Democrats Alike Love Militarism
President Biden has proposed $715 billion for the Department of Defense in 2022, maintaining its funding at Trump-era levels. The U.S. capitalist economy cannot survive without a huge engine for death, and no amount of progressive legislative pressure can change that.
Olivia WoodApril 13, 2021