Editors' Blog

Reflections on China's South Sea Trouble by Thomas Riggins

Lying in the South China Sea between Indochina and the Philippines is a collection of 700 or so small islands, reefs, atolls, shoals, and rocks which are all very scattered about and collectively known as the Spratly Islands (named after the British sea captain Richard Spratly, 1802-1870, who "discovered" them in the early 19th century).

China Daily: Talk of shifting source of growth not enough

China: Talk of shifting source of growth not enough http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2012-12/13/content_16014039.htm

Selected articles from chinadailyusa.com on China and Africa

Gary Hicks -- Selected articles from chinadailyusa.com on China and AfricaGrowth pathhttp://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/weekly/2012-12/14/content_16016405.htmChina-led initiatives help Africahttp://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/weekly/2012-12/14/content_16016142.htmAfrica moves away from Western growth modelhttp://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/weekly/2012-12/14/content_16016407.htmChina aid 'much less complicated'http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/weekly/2012-12/14/content_16016404.htmAfrica needs to adapt to changehttp://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/weekly/2012-12/14/content_16016408.htmTake care on road to developmenthttp://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/weekly/2012-12/14/content_16016406.htmA partnership that sets the right examplehttp://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/weekly/2012-12/14/content_16016412.htm


Summary: There is a lot of confusion about China and its unions in the world workers' movement.

A look at "Socialism 3.0" in China

Below is a brief excerpt from a recent article on the political complexities in China:

Chinese President Sends Congratulation Message to Raul Castro

HAVANA, Cuba, Apr 20 (Cuban News Agency) The president of China and the General Secretary of the Communist Party of that Asian country, Hu Jintao, sent a message of congratulations to Cuban President Raul Castro, on the occasion of his appointment as First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC) during the Sixth Congress of that organization.

The Secret World of the Chinese Communist Party?

The New York Review of Books for 9-30-10 has an interesting article by Ian Johnson, former Beijing bureau chief for the WSJ, reviewing Richard McGregor's THE PARTY: THE SECRET WORLD OF CHINA'S COMMUNIST RULERS. I don't know how secret it can be if there is a whole book about it. There are some interesting facts revealed in this review that readers of our sites will find useful.

The importance of the Steelworkers' recent steps

The United Steelworkers this week filed a petition with the US Trade Representative "identifying a broad array of Chinese policies and practices that threaten the future of America’s alternative and renewable energy sector." According to a USW statement:

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