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June 12, 2024 at 5.00pm – 6.30pm

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China in Global Capitalism: Building International Solidarity Against Imperial Rivalry

Join Kevin Lin, Eli Friedman, and Ashley Smith as they discuss their new book, China in Global Capitalism: Building International Solidarity Against Imperial Rivalry

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Join Kevin Lin, Eli Friedman, and Ashley Smith as they discuss their new book, China in Global Capitalism: Building International Solidarity Against Imperial Rivalry

From trade wars and pandemic politics to rioting workers, intercontinental balloons, and battles over TikTok, the US media tends to present contemporary China—when it’s discussed at all—in sensationalist terms. This portrayal has only intensified as China’s relationship with the United States has grown increasingly hostile. Whether in the form of overtly racist rhetoric and aggressive trade actions, or the more buttoned down but equally antagonistic efforts to oppose Chinese interests abroad, the US has made clear that it has no interest in giving up its position as global hegemon. This seemingly endless cycle of nationalism, jingoism, and reactionary politics on both sides of the Pacific suggests a downward spiral that could plausibly result in catastrophic military confrontation.

China in Global Capitalism forcefully makes the case that workers and socially marginalized people in both the US and China must oppose our rulers’ claims that they have our best interests in mind as they ratchet up their rivalry. Rather, if we’re to avert nuclear calamity, we must oppose imperialism in all its forms, and regardless of its source and rhetoric.
 

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Speakers:

Kevin Lin an activist and researcher on China's labor movement, and has been engaged in building international labor solidarity. He is currently a visiting fellow at Cornell University, and works on a book project about workers' struggles in China.

Eli Friedman teaches in the Department of Global Labor and Work at Cornell University. His most recent book is The Urbanization of People: Development, Labor Markets, and Schooling in the Chinese City.

Ashley Smith is a socialist writer and activist in Burlington, Vermont. He has written in numerous publications including Truthout, The International Socialist Review, Socialist Worker, Jacobin, New Politics, Against the Current, and many other online and print publications.