By Graham Beverley - 18 May 2013
Canada’s Official Opposition, the trade union-backed New Democratic Party (NDP), brought forward a motion last month to scuttle the recently negotiated Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA)...[The NDP] used the occasion to repeatedly denounce the “Communist” regime in China. And in heated nationalist terms, they charged that the adoption of FIPA would “do serious damage to Canada” and “be dangerous for the future of our country.”
28 January 2013 - WSWS
...[A] militarist atmosphere is being created in China. The theme is the imminence of war with Japan. In the past weeks, nearly every news report features the latest “provocation” by Japan over the disputed Diaoyu islands, for example, the fact that Japan discussed allowing its air force to fire warning shots to ward off Chinese aircraft. There are regular heated debates on various television “focus” programs, where participants call for war on Japan if any damage is done to Chinese vessels or aircraft.
By Oliver Campbell - 24 November 2012
The dead bodies of five children, reportedly aged between 9 and 13, were found in a rubbish bin in the town of Bijie, in China’s south-western province of Guizhou on November 6...The incident...has become a focal point of widespread anger over endemic poverty...Many noted the contrast between the social conditions revealed by the tragedy, and the lavish setting of the Chinese Communist Party 18th National Congress, which occurred the same week.
By John Chan - WSWS
The profiles of the seven members of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) unveiled last Thursday underscore the utterly corrupt and oligarchic character of the regime...While the committee’s composition is the result of a protracted factional struggle between the Young Communist League (YCL)...and the “Shanghai gang”...its members share common characteristics. They have no connection with the 1949 Chinese revolution and represent the new property-owning elite created by the regime’s program of restoring capitalism over the past 30 years.
By Dave Zirin - August 9, 2012
China is the chief economic rival in the world to the United States. Just like during the Cold War, the Olympics have become a proxy war where “medal counts” connote more than bragging rights but are a comment on the health of a nation. China is rivaling the United States in medal counts so their dominance has to be explained in as critical, ugly, and even as racist a way as possible. The message is that they have medals because they just don’t love their kids.
By Bill Van Auken - WSWS
As the Chen Guangcheng incident revealed, the human rights issue is entirely subordinate to US imperialist interests, to be turned on and off at will, with methods of abuse and repression denounced in those countries targeted as Washington’s adversaries...and supported in those regarded as its client states...[T]he human rights crusade is part racket, part provocation, reeking from head to toe with hypocrisy.
By John Chan - WSWS
China and Russia are conducting a major joint naval exercise in the Yellow Sea from April 22 to 27. The drills are a response by the two countries to their growing concerns about the Obama administration’s aggressive “pivot” to Asia that includes a military build-up and the strengthening of US alliances throughout the region.
By James Cogan - 14 April 2012
Since World War II, Australian imperialism has relied heavily on US backing to assert its strategic and economic interests internationally and within the Asia-Pacific region. In return, Australian governments have supported US foreign policy and sent troops to fight and die in successive US neo-colonial wars, from Korea and Vietnam to Afghanistan and Iraq...Under [the Labor Government of Julia] Gillard, Australia is embroiled in the Obama administration’s escalating diplomatic and strategic confrontation with China.
By John Chan - 19 March 2012
Beijing is expanding its military to defend the economic and strategic interests of Chinese capitalism. But the main driving force for this arms race is the aggressive stance taken by the US, particularly under the Obama administration, toward China. Washington’s strengthening of alliances and partnerships throughout the Asia region, and its military build-up in South East Asia, threaten to encircle China.
February 29 2012 - Libcom
It seems the new parasitic class of Chinese millionaires are not content with merely making millions through exploiting the Chinese working class. Increasing numbers of them are now choosing to spend these millions to pay for the right to kill animals all over the world...A luxury polar bear hunting holiday in Canada...is the most expensive package hunting holiday available for this Chinese elite. But if you don't fancy that cold weather you can always go to one of the many African, European or Oceanic retreats available...
By Peter Symonds - WSWS
An Australian defence posture report...is the latest sign of the Obama administration’s reckless and aggressive push against China on all fronts — diplomatic, economic and military...The interim review spells out the wide scope of the military agreement announced...by Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and President Barack Obama. While the stationing of up to 2,500 Marines near the northern city of Darwin dominated the headlines, the deal provided for extensive access for American warships and warplanes to Australian naval and air bases.
By Peter Symonds - WSWS
The Pentagon’s military reorientation to Asia goes hand-in-hand with an aggressive US diplomatic offensive to undercut growing Chinese economic and political influence throughout Asia and internationally. Powerful sections of the US political and foreign policy establishment backed Obama for the presidency in 2008 out of deep concern that China had gained while the US was mired in the Bush administration’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
By Bill Van Auken - 7 January 2012
The military strategy unveiled by President Barack Obama Thursday keeps massive spending on the US war machine largely intact, while shifting its focus decisively toward China...The guidance calls for a fundamental re-orientation of American military power toward the Asia-Pacific region, while affirming its commitment to maintaining US military control over the oil-rich Persian Gulf.
By Lawrence S. Wittner - November 29, 2011
The gathering tension between the United States and China is clear enough. Disturbed by China's growing economic and military strength, the U.S. government recently challenged China's claims in the South China Sea, increased the U.S. military presence in Australia, and deepened U.S. military ties with other nations in the Pacific region. According to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the United States was "asserting our own position as a Pacific power."
By Vilani Peiris - 28 November 2011
Joint Sino-Pakistani military exercises...began on November 16. Both countries claimed the exercise aimed to curb terrorism. However, Pakistan is also keen to enhance its ties to China, as its relations with Washington deteriorate...The lengthy, two-week...exercise is the fourth in a series...between the two countries...The latest exercise was unusually large...A senior Pakistani security official said, “This is the first time that brigade-level war games are being staged by Pakistan and China...”