The widening income gap in China and
the resulting social explosions, threatening the interests of the
ruling bureaucracy and capitalists, is a top item on the agenda of
the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party. In a bid to ease the
revolt, the 11th five-year economic plan is nominally focusing on
more equal distribution, but this cannot solve the contradictions
created by the move towards capitalism.
The death of Deng Xiaoping opens up a new chapter for China. Over the last 20 years since the death of Mao, the shift towards opening up the economy to capitalist interests has intensified the contradictions of Chinese society.
On February 22, the Chinese government shut down the China Workers' Website and Discussion Lists, a website that allowed Chinese workers and farmers to discuss their struggles and the problems they face. The developments and changes in China are of extreme significance for workers and youth of the whole world and in this regard, this interview, conducted by Stephen Philion for the Monthly
Review Magazine, is extremely interesting and important, and provides an insight into the conditions of the Chinese workers, youth and peasants.
We are publishing an exchange of
letters between a Chinese Communist, RY, and Fred Weston of the
Marxist.com Editorial Board. They give an insight to the problems
that many genuine Chinese Communists are facing, as China moves
further and further down the road of capitalism.