[Marxism] Chinese economic growth and global ecology

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Jun 16 08:23:27 MDT 2004


Walter Lippmann wrote:
> China and Cuba have a close economic and a friendly diplomatic
> relationship. While Washington blockades Cuba and the EU colludes
> with Washington against Cuba, China retains friendly ties with Cuba
> and opposes Washington's international efforts to destroy the Cuban
> Revolution. I'm sure there are no bargains in what China sells to its
> Cuban partners, but China's active economic relationship with Cuba
> is clear and present and makes a positive contribution to the Cuban
> economy. 

There are Republican farmers who favor relaxed trade agreements with 
Cuba as well.

> The Chinese have even begun tourism to Cuba all the way from 
> China not long ago. There's therefore no problem at all mentioning
> Cuba and China in the same breath. Their historical processes are
> very different and China plays a much greater role in the economy
> of the world today, while Cuba's influence is more on the political
> and moral way: Cuba's role is that of a positive example.

There are substantial economic differences as well. Cuba is building 
socialism. China is building capitalism.

> Resentment against the Chinese Revolution has been a staple of the
> Western capitalist media since approximately 1949.

I would say that the Chinese revolution lives on in the hearts of 
peasants struggling against the 3 Gorges Dam, not in the millionaire 
members of the CP who do their investment banking with Goldman-Sachs, my 
old employer.


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