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China: free market not going according to plan

By Peter Main 7 July, 2015 The volatility of the Chinese stock markets in the last week is symptomatic of the problems facing President Xi Jinping’s economic strategy. Between June…

Beijing, Tokyo: playing with fire

By Peter Main Are China and Japan locked into a course towards war? A review of the dynamics and motives suggests they are not, yet.   The scenario is eerily…

The political crisis in Thailand: pseudo-Democrats reaching for power

 By Tobias Hansen, Sunday December 15 2013   On December 9, Thailand’s Prime Minister dissolved parliament and gave notice of new elections. In recent weeks there have been renewed confrontations…

Super Typhoon highlights climate threat

  By James Copley As we go to press, the death toll from the super typhoon Haiyan is rapidly mounting in the Philippines as it smashed through the Pacific nation.…

China: Slowing growth rates not Beijing’s biggest worry

By Peter Main In July it has become traditional for China’s leaders to leave behind the heat and smog of Beijing and head for the seaside resort of Beidaihe. No…

Stop US military provocations and economic blockade against North Korea

  The Western media is pumping out one simple message about the crisis on the Korean peninsular. Kim Jong-un, a hysterical dictator, is bent on defying the “international community” (a.k.a…

Pakistan: Awami Workers’ Party founded

By Shahzad Arshad On 11 November, the Awami Workers’ Party was founded in Lahore. Initially, this party will organise some 15,000 working class activists, youth and students. This is still…

China cracks down on workers’ centres

While the world’s media has been concentrating on the trial of Gu Kailai for the murder of her “business” partner Neil Heywood, a crackdown of a different sort has been…

China: No coup – many plots?

On 19 March, China awoke to widespread rumours of a coup in Beijing. The internet was alive with tales of troop movements, artillery fire in the capital and splits in…

Blood on your iPhone

A report by the Fair Labor Association into working conditions at three plants in China that supply Apple with iPads and iPhones has confirmed gross violations of Chinese labour law…

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