US ‘pivot’ to Asia hits the rocks

8th November 2016 Socialist Action 0

By Jude Woodward

The US foreign policy establishment is reeling after its strategy to reassert itself in Asia and contain the rise of China received a hammering from an unexpected quarter – its long-term ally, former colony and reliable stooge, the Philippines.

The US, UNCLOS and the militarisation of the South China Sea

21st July 2016 Socialist Action 0

The following article on the US militarisation or the South China Sea, by Jude Woodward, was originally published by New Cold War.org.

On 12 July, the Arbitration Court at The Hague handed down judgment on the case brought under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) by the Philippines against China. In a pre-arranged declaration, the Court ruled comprehensively against China’s claims in the South China Sea.

The general significance of China’s discussion on the economy’s ‘supply side’

29th January 2016 Socialist Action 0

The following article, by John Ross, on  China’s discussion on the economy’s ‘supply side’, was previously published by Socialist Economic Bulletin.

A major discussion is taking place in China on the issue of its economy’s ‘supply side’. Naturally there are aspects of this which relate to specifically Chinese issues. Discussion in China also differs fundamentally from that in the West in that it takes place simultaneously in both ‘Western’ and ‘Marxist’ economic terms. Nevertheless the overall framework of this discussion equally relates to the key issues of economic policy in Western countries.

Latin American left needs to study China’s ‘revolution in production’

8th January 2016 Socialist Action 0
The following article, by John Ross, on the lessons of China’s ‘revolution in production’ for the Latin American left, previously appeared on Socialist Economic Bulletin.

In the later part of the 20th century Latin America suffered an economic catastrophe from neo-liberal policies. Until 1993 average per capita GDP in developing Latin American economies remained below 1981 levels. By 1998 annual average per capita GDP growth was still only 0.9% – taking a five-year average to remove cyclical fluctuations.

No China’s economy is not going to crash – why China has the world’s strongest macro-economic structure

5th September 2015 Socialist Action 0
The following article, by John Ross, on why China’s economy is not going to crash, was previously published by Socialist Economic Bulletin.

A great deal of highly inaccurate material is currently appearing in the Western media about the ‘crisis’ of China’s economy – an economy growing three times as fast as the US or Europe. This follows a long tradition of similarly inaccurate ‘crash’ material on China symbolised by Gordon Chang’s 2002 book ‘The Coming Collapse of China’.

A victory parade for China and humanity

2nd September 2015 Socialist Action 0

The following article by John Ross, on China’s 70th anniversary Victory Parade, originally appeared on china.org.cn.

On September 3, China will stage a Victory Parade commemorating the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and China’s contribution to the World War against fascism. This is a solemn day for China and an opportunity for the world to better understand events that are not only historical in character but without which today’s world cannot be comprehended.