5-part class: From opium wars to trade wars: China’s long path toward socialism

Jun 17, 2020

Course description: As China’s global rise rivals U.S. hegemony, the number one priority of U.S. foreign policy is to wage a demonization campaign against China. Since the Obama administration announced the Pivot to Asia, the U.S. has spent countless military dollars in the Pacific to encircle China. While the demonization and propaganda campaign against China has been at an all time high, the unforeseen COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the anti-China narrative.

As the outrageous demonization campaign against China continues to grow amidst this crisis, the Party for Socialism and Liberation, in partnership with the Qiao Collective, is holding a five-part class series on China. The course will examine the construction of modern day China in the context of global imperialism, starting from the very first Opium War between China and Britain in the early 1800s. Imperial China, which was one of the most advanced civilizations of the world, quickly became a country looted and torn apart by many imperialist nations who wanted a piece of the pie. The course will examine China’s century-long national liberation struggle and the construction of socialism. The purpose of the class is to provide the necessary context for understanding modern China today, especially under the weight of U.S. imperialism.

Class 1: 1800-1919: From Imperial China to the Century of Humiliation

Class 2: 1919-1949: National liberation through class struggle

Class 3: 1949-1979: The twin tasks of the revolution

Class 4: Is China capitalist? On China’s socialist market economy and quest towards socialism

Class 5: China and the Global South: Internationalism and multilateralism amidst US aggression