China Policy Institute: Analysis

The Chinese Left: Contexts and Strategies

Written by Christopher Connery.

Let’s define the “left” broadly as standing against market fundamentalism, against the dominance of finance capital, and as advocating economic and social equality, worker and peasant power, and social welfare.[1] Most leftists worldwide share these values. A distinguishing feature of the Chinese new left, however, is that it is not, strictly speaking, an oppositional force. In most of the rest of the world, governments identified with the left or far left (Greece, Bolivia, Uruguay et al) face significant opposition from the further left. Continue reading “The Chinese Left: Contexts and Strategies”

Renewable energy: Canada learns from China

Written by Daouda Cissé.

Even though Canada and China have developed political and diplomatic relations, the economic ties between the two countries remain the most important aspect of the relationship. Both countries have developed strong trade and investment relations in various areas such as agriculture, real estate, infrastructure, services and education among others. While trade and investment between Canada and China have grown over the years, the resources sector is at the forefront of Canada-China relations with important concentrations in the mining and oil industries.  Continue reading “Renewable energy: Canada learns from China”

China’s New Labour Politics

Written by Mark Selden and Jenny Chan.

By some measures China surpassed the United States in 2014 to become the world’s largest economy. It did so amidst widespread labour and social tensions. Central both to China’s economic resurgence and mounting social conflict are rural migrants, who have experienced incomplete proletarianisation in that they possess agricultural land-use rights while working as hired labourers in urban and semi-urban areas. By early 2016, 277 million rural migrants had been drawn into industrialisation and urbanisation, an increase of 52 million since 2008, when the government began publishing online annual survey results on work and employment conditions. While China has the world’s largest number of internal migrants, the rate of growth of rural migrant labour has declined from 5.4% in 2010 to 1.3% in 2015 in step with tightening labor markets and demographic transition. Continue reading “China’s New Labour Politics”

What happens when migrant workers suffer injury?

Written by Li Sun.

In 2010, China became the world’s second largest economy. As the “world’s factory,” China can be regarded as a nation with a “worker-made” economy. By 2014, the number of migrant workers in China reached 274 million. These workers are commonly employed in “three-D” jobs: dirty, dangerous and demeaning. These include the construction and mining sectors, and in combustible and explosive chemical plants. Specifically, migrant workers account for 90% of employees in the construction sector and 80% in coal-mining. Although migrant workers work and live in cities along with urban residents, they do not enjoy equal social welfare benefits like healthcare, education and housing. Continue reading “What happens when migrant workers suffer injury?”

Has Xi Jinping changed China?

Written by Angela Stanzel.

Almost as soon as Xi Jinping assumed office as president in March 2013, a few months after becoming leader of the Communist Party, it became apparent that he planned major changes for China. In particular, Xi called for carrying out further market economic reforms, improving China’s legal institutions, promoting the “rule of law”, and raising social standards, which he pledged during the Third Plenum of the 18th Central Committee in November 2013. Xi also set out a vision for China: the “Chinese dream” of “resurrecting” Chinese power and “rejuvenating the Chinese nation”. Continue reading “Has Xi Jinping changed China?”

What do Labour NGOs in China do?

Written by Tim Pringle.

On 27 September 2016, disturbing television footage of three labour activists was beamed across China. Zeng Feiyang, Zhu Xiaomei and Tang Huanxing were filmed admitting to the crime of ‘gathering a crowd to disturb social order’ before a judge in a Panyu district court house. They are former staff members of the Panyu Workers’ Centre in Guangdong that was closed down in the wake of a coordinated police sweep of labour activists across the province in December 2015. All three received suspended sentences possibly in return for what amounted to a public confession. The opaque circumstances of the confessions raise questions of access to defense lawyers, treatment in detention, unexplained intimidation of family members and the fate of Meng Han, a fourth labour activist who remains incarcerated Guangzhou No.1 Detention Centre awaiting trial. Continue reading “What do Labour NGOs in China do?”

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