China

Updates on the Dec 3 Guangzhou-Foshan labor NGO repression

Updates as of Dec 9 on the situation of detained Chinese labor activists from the Dec 3 wave of arrests. Lawyers continued to be denied access to activists, charges updated.

Background on the suppression of Guangdong Six

Probably the most detailed English background on the December 3 crackdown on Chinese labour activists so far, with updates by the translators.

Deng Xiaoming’s criminal detention confirmed, number of criminally detained from "12/3 incident" rises to four

According to lawyers, it has been confirmed that Deng Xiaoming, staff member at Haige Labor Service Center (海哥劳工服务部) is under criminal detention. As of Dec. 7, there are four Guangdong labor NGO activists criminally detained. [This is in addition to 5 others still missing or held without charges after the Dec. 3 apprehension of 25 labor activists. - trans.]

The true meaning of "Constitution Day"

The arrests of labor and environmental activists on December 3 turned “Constitution Day” into a “Fuck the Constitution Day” (让宪法日成了日宪法). This may be the best illustration of what “the law” and “the constitution” really mean.

Zeng Feiyang: 14 years of pioneering service, and the making of a labour NGO

Biography of Zeng Feiyang, one of the 21 Chinese labour activists detained on December 3 - the latest wave in the criminalisation of labour actions, and general repression of social resistance in China since 2012.

Sweeping the house clean—clean of labor NGOs

It is as if someone is cleaning out his house and takes a break to visit some friends. He puts down whatever he's doing, closes the door, and leaves the house. After fulfilling his social obligations, he returns home and with one hand, sets his machine to the “clean” function, and with the other, throws out the pre-packed garbage.

China supply chain inquiry report-back

Yue Yuen strike Dongguan, China 2014

In mid-November 2015 we facilitated two Supply Chain Inquiry Workshops in major cities in China. What follows are the presentation materials and report-backs from breakout discussions after the workshop.

Guangzhou labour activists arrested en masse

December 3rd, one day before China’s Legal Governance Promotion Day, at least 21 activists were apprehended from their homes and offices. At least ten are still being held by the police.

The Other Cultural Revolution

Wu Yiching's book "The Cultural Revolution at the Margins. Chinese Socialism in Crisis" gives a fascinating account of a period that was decisive for the end of Maoism and the rise of a capitalist China.

China crash: the faltering of economic transition

Chai - destruction of housing in Beijing

The stock market crash happens at a time when the Chinese development model has reached a turning point, and the financial turmoil reflects underlying structural problems of the economy.