The debate on the Jasic Struggle

Steven Chan

17th January, 2019

Last July, 89 workers at the Jasic company in Shenzhen applied to found a workplace union but their application was refused and later their leaders were temporarily arrested. This escalated the confrontation between workers and the local authority, and several dozen Maoist students from all over the country came to support the workers under the umbrella organization of the Jasic Workers’ Support Group. The authorities responded with further arrests, and in total 38 workers and supporters were arrested or went missing. Last August, after the first arrest, there were already some debates outside Mainland China, involving those who are in solidarity with the Jasic workers but who hold different views over the issue of the evaluation of the situation and tactics chosen. Continue reading The debate on the Jasic Struggle

The Yellow Vests Struggle and the French Crisis

This article first posted in Europe Solidaire Sans Frontieres.

This interview is to be published in Chinese on Borderless website, in Hong Kong.

Au Loog Yu – The French president Macron’s wanting to raise the gasoline tax is supposed to be part of the policies of phasing out fossil fuels, right? Should one support an environmental position such as this one? Continue reading The Yellow Vests Struggle and the French Crisis

Strength and Contradictions of the Chinese Economy. US-China trade war, specificities of Chinese imperialist expansion

This article first posted in Europe Solidaire Sans Frontieres
Friday 10 August 2018, by AU Loong-Yu, FERRE Juan

Chinese global aspirations can be seen in the country’s expanding investments abroad. A trade war with the United States may have devastating consequences. Continue reading Strength and Contradictions of the Chinese Economy. US-China trade war, specificities of Chinese imperialist expansion

The Relationship between Labour NGOs and Chinese Workers in an Authoritarian Regime

Anita Chan’s, The Relationship between Labour NGOs and Chinese Workers in an Authoritarian Regime, is an important recent article that discusses the role of labour Non-governmental organisations (LNGOs) in China and how their relationships with workers have changed over the past three decades. Chan explains how in a situation where the party-state’s All-China Federation of Trade Unions has hardly changed its function, and continues to work with government and management, the role of LNGOs as an alternative in assisting workers’ labour protection has moved from one of dependency to one of a more equal partnership with Hong Kong LNGOs and overseas funders. Moreover, despite the increasingly repressive political environment, as signified by the series of crackdowns on NGO activists, as well as the implementation of the Overseas NGO Management Law in 2017, some workers have been more successful with autonomous organizing. Continue reading The Relationship between Labour NGOs and Chinese Workers in an Authoritarian Regime

Discussing the Nature of the Chinese State with Professor Dic Lo

Au Loong Yu
(The Chinese version of this article was first published in Ming Pao Daily, 27th March 2018. Professor Dic Lo teaches at SOAS, University of London)

In his article[1], which was published in Ming Pao on March 2nd, Professor Dic Lo mentions the “People’s Forum on One Belt, One Road (OBOR) and BRICS”[2] that was held in September last year. As one of the organizers of the forum, I think I should respond to his opinion. Continue reading Discussing the Nature of the Chinese State with Professor Dic Lo