China makes significant strides in modernization drive

Provincial-level regions across China have hosted their annual legislative and political consultative meetings in recent weeks, underlining sci-tech innovation, common prosperity, further opening up and green development, as the country works in full throttle to achieve its second centenary goal. … Continue reading China makes significant strides in modernization drive

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Xi says China will stay committed to promoting ecological conservation

China will stay committed to promoting ecological conservation, actively engage in international cooperation on climate, and jointly work for a complete transition to a greener economy and society, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Monday in remarks in a video speech at the 2022 World Economic Forum virtual session..  Following the idea of “lucid waters and lush mountains are invaluable assets,” the country has carried out holistic conservation and systematic governance of its natural resources, including mountains, rivers, farmlands and deserts, Xi noted. “We do everything we can to conserve the ecological system, intensify pollution prevention and control, and improve … Continue reading Xi says China will stay committed to promoting ecological conservation

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Cuba and China united by the New Silk Road

On December 23, Cuban Deputy Prime Minister Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz and the President of the National Commission for Development and Reform of China, He Lifeng , signed the Cooperation Plan between the Government of the Republic of Cuba and the Government of the People’s Republic of China. for … Continue reading Cuba and China united by the New Silk Road

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 The industrialization of agriculture by capitalism and Metabolic Rift

The following is an extract from Capitalism and Robbery: The Expropriation of Land, Labor, and Corporeal Life, by John Bellamy Foster et al, Monthly Review, Dec 01, 2019. See also: The review of Guano and the opening of the Pacific world, recently shared by China Environment. ********************* Marx presented a systematic analysis of how industrialized agriculture robbed the land of necessary nutrients. He recognized and provided the basis for assessing the interlocking oppressions and processes of expropriation that accompanied this soil crisis. Nutrients from the countryside accumulated as waste in the cities and were washed away to sea as part … Continue reading  The industrialization of agriculture by capitalism and Metabolic Rift

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Guano and the Opening of the Pacific World

The 19th century search for fertilizer drove imperialist expansion and ecological destruction Climate & Capitalism: Ecosocialist Discussion BOOK REVIEW by Martin Empson Author: Gregory T. CushmanGUANO AND THE OPENING OF THE PACIFIC WORLDA Global Ecological History In the last two … Continue reading Guano and the Opening of the Pacific World

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China: understanding the New Development Stage, applying the New Development Philosophy, and creating a New Development Dynamic

XI JINPING English Edition of Qiushi Journal, 2021-07-08 Since the Fifth Plenary Session of the 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) held in October 2020, all regions and departments have yielded positive results from their hard work … Continue reading China: understanding the New Development Stage, applying the New Development Philosophy, and creating a New Development Dynamic

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Richard Lewontin, eco-socialism, evolutionary biology and Marxism

Originally published by: Science for the People by Professor Erik Svensson, November 3, 2021. https://magazine.scienceforthepeople.org/lewontin-special-issue/richard-lewontin-dialectical-materialism-the-relationship-between-evolutionary-biology-and-marxism/ On July 4, 2021, the great population geneticist and evolutionary biologist Richard Lewontin passed away at the age of 92. Lewontin left a strong political legacy in the … Continue reading Richard Lewontin, eco-socialism, evolutionary biology and Marxism

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Failure of the Western ‘left’ to understand the cause of environmental crisis

Readers of China Environment News will be aware that we have always tried to make a clear distinction between Western ‘liberal’ environmentalism and anti-imperialist ecological socialism, as exemplified by China’s integration of ecological civilization in to its approach to socialism. The failure of the Western “left” to break from supporting the anti-China agenda pursued by the US and a relatively small number of subsidiary, rich Western countries, is a topic we have often discussed in China Environment News. This problem can be traced back to so-called Western Marxism’s rejection of the dialectics of nature, as conceived especially in the later … Continue reading Failure of the Western ‘left’ to understand the cause of environmental crisis

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The Planetary Rift and the materialist conception of nature

In the following article reprinted from the Monthly Review, Professor John Bellamy Foster, a leading proponent of ecological Marxism and editor of Monthly Review, is interviewed by Greek left-wing economist Haris Golemis. [See also: Critique of 21st century imperialism and the growth of ecological Marxism: a view from China, by professor Cheng Enfu of the University of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and president of the World Association for Political Economy – shared by China Environment News on September 21, 2021.] “I challenge the Western left to recognize that a materialist conception of history is meaningless without a materialist conception … Continue reading The Planetary Rift and the materialist conception of nature

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China’s vision of eco-civilization can prevent the “end of history”

Up until now, the world has followed the path founded in the West of industrial civilization. Its primary liberal political-economic model, characterized by unfettered private capital, has too often been eulogized as a perfect creation serving humanity. Indeed, it has been applauded as representing a utopian “end of history” which gives it a false quality of being representative of nature itself. However, continuing down this path, of industrial civilization, will lead to the very destruction of nature and humanity which will inevitably lead to a dystopian “end of history.” With Western capital shipping polluting industries to East Asia, the clean … Continue reading China’s vision of eco-civilization can prevent the “end of history”

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Nine key moments that changed China’s mind about climate change

The following article from Carbon Brief gives a very detailed and useful summary of how the Chinese government’s attitude towards climate change, and its understanding of its own responsibilities, have changed over the last two decades. The article is quite long but is well worth the effort for those wishing to understand this important issue. Source: Friends of Socialist China October 26, 2021 Author: Jianqiang previously worked as China Dialogue’s Beijing editor and as an investigative reporter for China’s Southern Weekly newspaper. He has a masters degree in journalism from Tsinghua University. His books include Tibetan Environmentalists in China: The King of … Continue reading Nine key moments that changed China’s mind about climate change

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China’s alternative to the Western liberal model of globalization

  An extract from Roland Boer’s book Socialism with Chinese Characteristics “What we are currently witnessing is a contest between two models of globalization – between “zero sum” and “win-win”. The former has been the dominant model ever since the era of European colonialism and the era of primitive capital accumulation through colonial plunder, slavery and domination of other parts of the world. By contrast, the Chinese model of “win-win” arises from a very different historical experience … a long historical emphasis on stability and harmony … [in which] as the old Chinese proverb has it, things that oppose each … Continue reading China’s alternative to the Western liberal model of globalization

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The Dawn of Another Age: The Communian

An extract from an article published in the Monthly Review Today the moment of truth looms large. We currently reside within a “Great Climacteric”—first identified in the 1980s by geographers Ian Burton and Robert Kates—a long period of crisis and transition in which human society will either generate a stable relation to the Earth System or will experience a civilizational collapse, as part of a great die-down of life on earth, or sixth extinction.47 The future of civilization, viewed in the widest sense, demands that humanity collectively engage in an ecological and social revolution, radically transforming productive relations, in order to … Continue reading The Dawn of Another Age: The Communian

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Start of China’s global environmental journey: 1972 Stockholm Conference

The Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment, in June 1972, was the first major United Nations event featuring the People’s Republic of China. It helped shaped the country’s understanding of environmental issues ever since. Next month, China is set to host a major UN environmental conference, after a delay of more than a year due to Covid-19. The 15th Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP15), to be held in Kunming from Oct 11-15, will not be the first UN environmental talks hosted by China. But since COP15 has the mission of reaching a global agreement on … Continue reading Start of China’s global environmental journey: 1972 Stockholm Conference

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Critique of 21st century imperialism and the growth of ecological Marxism: a view from China

We publish this extract as part of our ongoing series on Ecological Marxism, Chinese Marxism and Eco-Socialism The following is from an article written by two Chinese Marxist academics, Professor Cheng Enfu and Dr Fu Hao, which reviews the positive role by the US magazine Monthly Review in contributing to Marxist political analysis in the 21st Century. A key element of this contribution has been the critique of imperialism and the development theories of Marxist ecological socialism in the West. Chen and Fu argue that “the innovation carried out by Monthly Review  in these areas has helped create a huge new … Continue reading Critique of 21st century imperialism and the growth of ecological Marxism: a view from China

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The role of State-owned enterprises in China

Chinese SOEs are social enterprises that effectively balance the demands of multiple stakeholders. More importantly, China’s institutions provides a better supporting ecosystem for SOEs to reinforce the creation of social value when pursuing value maximization. The Chinese SOEs are able to sacrifice profits and efficiency to fulfill social roles (including environmental ones) when necessary. State-owned enterprises (SOEs) are important components of the Chinese economy. Although SOEs are generally considered inefficient in operations, particularly by Western economists, China’s economy, which relies heavily on SOEs, has been highly successful over the last four decades. This indicates the importance of SOEs in China’s … Continue reading The role of State-owned enterprises in China

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Adapting Marxism to the Chinese Context: the CPC’s perspective

Source: English Edition of Qiushi Journal, 2021–09–08, By Wang Weiguang  The Communist Party of China (CPC) has undergone an incredible journey over the past century. Adapting Marxism to the Chinese context has been a glorious chapter in CPC’s 100-year history, and an important tool that has enabled the CPC to capture victory after victory and bring about one achievement after another. In his speech at the ceremony marking the centenary of the CPC on July 1. 2021, General Secretary Xi Jinping said, “The Communist Party of China upholds the basic tenets of Marxism and the principle of seeking truth from facts. … Continue reading Adapting Marxism to the Chinese Context: the CPC’s perspective

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No Great Wall: on the continuities of the Chinese Revolution

It is impossible to understand China’s efforts to create an “ecological civilization” without understanding the context of its economic and cultural modernization . To understand China today it is essential to understand the struggle by the Communist Party of China to rapidly modernize that country – just as it is not possible to genuinely understand China’s efforts to create an “ecological civilization” without understanding the context of the economic modernization. In this article Carlos Martinez argues that, while the Chinese Revolution has taken numerous twists and turns, and while the CPC leadership has adopted different strategies at different times, there … Continue reading No Great Wall: on the continuities of the Chinese Revolution

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Socialism with Chinese Characteristics: A Comprehensive Guide for Foreigners

Introduction by China Environment News : The author is a member of the Communist Party of Australia, and a Professor in the School of Marxism, Dalian University of Technology in China. Roland Boer was formerly Associate Professor in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies at Monash University, Australia, before he moved to live in China. Roland Boer’s book covers the whole system of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics, dealing with Deng Xiaoping’s theory, the socialist market economy, a moderately well-off (Xiaokang) society, China’s practice and theory of socialist democracy, human rights, and Xi Jinping’s Marxism. In short, the resolute focus is the Reform and … Continue reading Socialism with Chinese Characteristics: A Comprehensive Guide for Foreigners

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Understanding China’s economic miracle

China has recorded the greatest economic growth by a major country in the whole of human history. In parallel, China has produced the most rapid increase in living standards of any major country in human history. A new book China’s Great Road collects together in English a number of analyses by John Ross on China’s economy and its relations with the world published in 2010-2021. The reasons for this economic “miracle” are not mysterious, and are analysed in this book. These economic and social achievements since the creation of the People’s Republic of China in 1949 are by now so … Continue reading Understanding China’s economic miracle

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Governance in China: A socialist market economy with strong State capacity

“China will continuously work on striking a balance between developing its economy and promoting energy conservation and emissions reductions by rolling out more detailed plans and policies to guide targeted industries and enterprises and progressing in adopting and developing clean energy.“ The market economy is mainly reflected in what role the market plays in the allocation of resources, and the economy is based on independent decision-making, investment and management decisions made by market entities although the government sector has a strong governance capacity, Ning Jizhe, vice chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), China’s top economic planner, said … Continue reading Governance in China: A socialist market economy with strong State capacity

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Ecological civilization: A new development paradigm

By Pan Jiahua, Professor of Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences University, with assistance from Yang Xinran. Almost every strategic study on environment and development solicited by the Chinese government refers to ‘ecological civilization’. Successive presidents have connected their names to it. The simplest interpretation of this term has been as the Chinese equivalent of sustainable development in China. But beyond that, what does ‘ecological civilization’ mean? Pan Jiahua explains here. Professor Pan organized the annual conference of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences atEcological civilization as a new development paradigm has been practised in China in an attempt to … Continue reading Ecological civilization: A new development paradigm

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Marxism and the Origins of the Ecological Critique

John Bellamy Foster’s The Return of Nature: Socialism and Ecology (Monthly Review Press, 2020) shows the role played by biologists and other scientists with a non-mechanistic, materialist outlook, alongside various Marxists, in laying the foundations of ecology in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. John Bellamy Foster’s book The Return of Nature picks up where the author left off 20 years ago in Marx’s Ecology, which, as the title indicates, addresses the aspects of Marx’s critique of political economy that shed light on the consequences of capitalism’s development on the metabolism of nature. In his new work, Foster continues to elaborate, following … Continue reading Marxism and the Origins of the Ecological Critique

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All the questions socialists have about China but were too afraid to ask

Alexander Norton interviews Scottish writer Keith Lamb, who has lived and taught in China for two decades. Keith Lamb is a University of Oxford graduate with a MSc degree in Contemporary Chinese studies and works as a translator of academic texts. His primary research interests are China’s international relations. He talks about his experience of how China’s socialist system measures up to the expectations of a Western socialist expat who has lived through almost two decades of drastic change in People’s China. In the 1990s and 2000s conventional Western [“leftist”] wisdom was that China had long abandoned socialism. But by … Continue reading All the questions socialists have about China but were too afraid to ask

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