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Xi Jinping: How strong is China’s strongman?

Xi Jinping: How strong is China’s strongman?

CCP leader’s doctrine of iron dictatorship and China’s “great power” status is enshrined in party constitution – but is this a recipe for stable rule? The 19th Congress of China’s ruling Communist Party (CCP) held in October, which confirmed China’s transition to one-man dictatorship under Xi Jinping, was the most significant CCP congress of this […]

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China: Xi Jinping’s doctrine enshrined in ruling party constitution
By November 26, 2017 Read More →

China: Xi Jinping’s doctrine enshrined in ruling party constitution

The 19th Congress of the CCP, held in October, adopted the party leader’s doctrine of iron dictatorship. China’s “great power” status is enshrined in the party constitution but stable government is still by no means guaranteed. The 19th Congress of China’s ruling Communist Party (CCP) held in October, which confirmed China’s transition to one-man dictatorship […]

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Hong Kong: “Release political prisoners, stop disqualifications and election fraud!”

Hong Kong: “Release political prisoners, stop disqualifications and election fraud!”

Protesters gathered outside China’s embassies and consulates, as well as the Hong Kong government’s Economic and Trade Offices, in 22 cities across 20 countries on Thursday and Friday 12-13 October. The protests were part of a newly launched international campaign, Global Solidarity – Stop Repression in Hong Kong. The long list of protest locations included […]

Hong Kong: International solidarity campaign launched as government steps up repression

Hong Kong: International solidarity campaign launched as government steps up repression

Hong Kong is facing an unprecedented attack on democratic rights orchestrated by its pro-Beijing government. In recent months young activists have been jailed and elected legislators have been ousted from the partially elected local parliament (‘Legco’) on the flimsiest of ‘legal’ pretexts. Tens of thousands marched against the repression in August, but the pro-government camp […]

North Korea: Nuclear stand-off – dangerous escalation of Washington and Pyongyang conflict
By September 11, 2017 Read More →

North Korea: Nuclear stand-off – dangerous escalation of Washington and Pyongyang conflict

The North Korean bomb test on 3 September, the most powerful yet, and the bellicose reaction of the US, underlines the volatile and dangerous situation in the peninsula and entire region. The huge blast in the north of the country was felt in South Korea and China. The regime claimed it was a hydrogen bomb, […]

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Hong Kong: 140,000 demonstrate against government repression

Hong Kong: 140,000 demonstrate against government repression

The massive August 20 demonstration called at just five days’ notice showed the depths of the popular backlash against the jailing of 16 young activists On August 20, up to 140,000 poured onto Hong Kong’s streets in the biggest anti-government protest since the 2014 Umbrella Movement. This incredible demonstration, protesting the imprisonment of 16 young […]

Posted in: Hong Kong, International
Hong Kong: Judge’s disqualification of legislators threatens democracy struggle

Hong Kong: Judge’s disqualification of legislators threatens democracy struggle

The decision by Justice Thomas Au Hing-cheung on July 14 to expel four legislators from the Legislative Council (Legco), including veteran democracy campaigner, ‘Long Hair’ Leung Kwok-hung, is a massive blow against the democracy struggle in Hong Kong and, by extension, also in China. This was nothing short of a coup by the right-wing authoritarian […]

The Olympics, big business and dictatorship
By August 5, 2016 Read More →

The Olympics, big business and dictatorship

A short history of the Olympics: Vincent Kolo, chinaworker.info A short history of the Olympics: Rather than the Olympic movement’s self-professed ideals of ‘internationalism’ and ‘fair play’, the Games are about two at first sight contradictory forces: nationalistic flag-waving and capitalist globalisation The Rio Olympics kicks off this week. The 2016 games, like their forerunners, will […]

China – Crisis set to deepen

China – Crisis set to deepen

Year of the Monkey opens with economy in worst situation for decades As its factories restarted after the Chinese New Year holidays, China was facing its worst economic crisis in decades. The government’s official data do not give the true picture, maintaining the fiction of GDP growth of 6.9 percent in 2015. Even this represents […]

World economy: China crisis triggers panic on global markets

World economy: China crisis triggers panic on global markets

More than $5 trillion wiped off global stock markets in two weeks since Chinese devaluation “Black Monday” exclaimed China’s official news agency Xinhua as China’s stock market slumped 8.5 percent on 24 August. This triggered the sharpest falls on world stock markets since the 2008 financial crisis on growing fears of a China-led global recession. […]

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