China: The high-speed trial of Liu Zhijun

China: The high-speed trial of Liu Zhijun

How serious is Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption drive? Vincent Kolo, chinaworker.info Liu Zhijun, who spearheaded China’s gargantuan high-speed rail programme, was tried for corruption on June 9 in Beijing. To say Liu, the former Minister of Railways, was corrupt is something of an understatement. No fewer than 477 court files detailed […]

Jilin slaughterhouse blaze – a union is a matter of life and death

Jilin slaughterhouse blaze – a union is a matter of life and death

121 killed in one of China’s worst workplace disasters  Vincent Kolo, chinaworker.info The term ‘slaughterhouse’ has acquired a terrible new meaning after the inferno that engulfed the Jilin Baoyuanfeng poultry plant on Monday 3 June. The blaze, which consumed the main workshop in just minutes, caused appalling loss of life […]

Hong Kong: Tiananmen vigil sends a warning to China’s new leaders

Hong Kong: Tiananmen vigil sends a warning to China’s new leaders

The 24th anniversary of Beijing’s crackdown draws 150,000 protestors Dikang, Socialist Action (CWI) in Hong Kong Once again on June 4, the anniversary of the brutal military crackdown in Beijing in 1989, tens of thousands of protesters massed in Hong Kong’s Victoria Park to protest against China’s one-party dictatorship. This […]

Remembering June 4: Vital lessons for today’s democracy struggle

Remembering June 4: Vital lessons for today’s democracy struggle

Hong Kong’s ‘Occupy Central’ leaders embellish the role of the middle class and ‘legality’ – ignoring key lessons from 1989 Dikang, Socialist Action This article from the current issue of Socialist magazine, produced by the Chinese section of the CWI, takes up some lessons from the epic 1989 mass movement […]

Mao Zedong’s granddaughter among China’s super-rich

Mao Zedong’s granddaughter among China’s super-rich

Billionaires’ fortunes have increased by almost 17 percent in a year while the poor get poorer chinaworker.info Mao Zedong’s granddaughter has climbed into the ranks of China’s richest people. Kong Dongmei, granddaughter of the ‘great helmsman’, and her husband Chen Dongsheng, have amassed a combined wealth of five billion yuan […]