Lecture of Prof. Wolff: China - US’s First Real Competitor: A non-sided and non-hostile analysis
Will China be an imperialistic power as Britain, France, Germany or USA? It is to early to judge. A non-sided and non-hostile analysis of China.
China - US’s First Real Competitor in a Century [November 2021] In this lecture, Prof. Wolff will discuss the following: 1. Major Chinese Economic Achievements and Problems 2. China-US Interdependence, Competition, and Cold War 3. Is China Socialist? What does “Chinese Socialism” Mean?
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY focused on the strategic dilemma of how to nullify the massive US forces right at its doorstep in the South China Sea. However, over the last 15 years, there have been increasing accusations of Chinese state enterprises and private companies being involved in unfair labor practices, environmentally damaging projects, land-grabbing, locking borrowing countries into debt, and indirectly providing support for dictatorships. Many of these accusations parallel similar criticisms of the behavior of state-owned enterprises (SOEs), private capitalists, and local authorities within China itself. China has also drawn criticism for its unilateral moves in seizing disputed maritime formations and violating the territorial and economic rights of its neighbors in the South China Sea. Many of these criticisms are valid, and unless China addresses them in a positive fashion soon, these questionable behaviors and practices could congeal into structures of domination similar to those that have marked the relationship of the West with the global South. Perhaps, equally worrisome is CHINA: AN IMPERIAL POWER IN THE IMAGE OF THE WEST? 8 that China’s expansion has its own complex of worrisome characteristics that are not reducible solely to reproducing western patterns but can also lead, if unchecked, to hegemonic behavior. Foremost among these is a technocratic top-down approach to development with a cross-ideological appeal that is resistant to democratic control and insensitive to environmental considerations that is fully on display in Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). International civil society has an important role to play in bringing about a more healthy relationship between China and the global South. Civil society actors can best help China by criticizing the Chinese government and corporate actors whenever they reproduce the practices of western actors and offering strategies for good behavior that are not simply failed proposals for “corporate social responsibility.” Also important would be a debate and dialogue with Chinese agencies and corporations on their anachronistic 20th century technocratic approach to development that threatens a massive ecological impact as Beijing pursues the BRI.
The three revolutions of the Chinese Communist Party Jul 6, 2021 | 0 comments
The Communist Party of China led three revolutions of world-historic significance in its short 100-year-history: national liberation, the “Cultural Revolution,” and China’s rapid capitalist transformation.
The three revolutions of the Chinese Communist Party | Walden Bello