China’s rise – Strength and Fragility is the first book being jointly published by Resistance Books, the IIRE and Merlin Press. Author Au Loong Yu will be visiting Britain from 12 to 22 November to launch the book at meetings around the country.
Monday 12 November
Friends Meeting House
The book looks at the dramatic political and economic developments in China from a Marxist perspective. It argues that to understand China today it is also necessary to study the Chinese revolution and it describes the unique social formation that exists today in China as bureaucratic capitalism.
By examining the specificities of Chinese society, and the struggles for democracy and for improved conditions, the authors show that Chinese bureaucratic and repressive capitalism is beginning to exhaust its strength. China is increasingly relying on rapidly expanding public debt. Struggles by Chinese workers suggest that they are beginning to overcome the demoralization inflicted by the crushing of the democracy movement of 1989 and that they are building up their confidence to fight against this unjust system.
It is not just the 1.3 billion people who live in China whose futures will be at the very least profoundly affected by the future of such struggles – but all of those who live on this increasingly interdependent planet. If China seems to be everywhere in the media at the minute, this speaking tour offers a unique opportunity to find out more.