The U.S.-China Summit: Containing China Is a Bipartisan Affair
The first Biden-era meeting of U.S. and Chinese government officials was marked by political theater. But the summit demonstrated that Biden, with his hostile policy towards China, has more in common with his predecessor than he would like to admit.
Claudia CinattiMarch 25, 2021
Violence against Asian Americans Is Fueled by U.S. Imperialism
Asian Americans are bearing the brunt of U.S. escalations against China. Thousands of hate crimes have occurred in the past year, including yesterday’s misogynistic, anti-Asian shooting in Georgia.
Sam CarlinerMarch 18, 2021
Biden Ratchets Up Military Tensions with China
Like his predecessors, Joe Biden is committed to a harsh line against China’s hegemonic ambitions. Recent military exercises in the Taiwan Strait show that imperialism is a bipartisan affair and that Taiwan could serve as a backdrop for the growing tensions between China and the United States.
Maryam AlanizFebruary 27, 2021
China’s Position in the Hierarchy of Global Capitalism
The question of China’s place in the international order is central to characterizing where the world capitalist system is heading. This article is part of an ongoing and as yet unconcluded process of elaboration and discussion on the topic within the Trotskyist Fraction–Fourth International (as part of which we have been publishing a variety of contributions). The positions taken below are the author’s own and do not reflect those of the Trotskyist Fraction as a whole.
Juan ChingoFebruary 10, 2021
The Chinese State Places Limits on Technology Giants
On the geopolitical significance of the humiliation of Chinese millionaire Jack Ma.
Juan ChingoDecember 7, 2020
A Tour of Views on China’s Relationship to Imperialism
To complement “China and Imperialism: Elements for the Debate,” which explores how to characterize China within the imperialist system, this article presents some of the alternative positions.
Esteban MercatanteNovember 29, 2020
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.
Esteban MercatanteNovember 29, 2020
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.
Jean BeideNovember 18, 2020
The Final Debate: More of the Same With a Mute Button
Stripped of political theater, the final debate of the 2020 presidential election showed clearer than ever before that Donald Trump and Joe Biden want to present themselves as candidates of bourgeois “stability.” Though they differ in tactics, their responses showed that they share a vision of shoring up U.S. capitalist interests and revitalizing the decaying U.S. imperialist regime — and that they are more than willing to sacrifice the working class and oppressed across the world to do it.
Madeleine FreemanOctober 23, 2020
Imperialism Today: Toward “Systemic Chaos”?
The U.S. elections will determine whether Donald Trump continues for another four years or the Democrats return to the White House with Joe Biden. Either scenario could mark a turning point. One salient characteristic of Trump’s first term has been his breaking — with uneven of the mechanisms through which the United States has articulated its dominance since World War II, shunning the more “multilateral” aspects of that dominance in favor of a more exacerbated unilateralism.
Esteban MercatanteOctober 21, 2020