Does China really threaten US economic and military hegemony? If we oppose confrontation with China, what do we say about the rights of ethnic minorities and workers there?
Why do Australian politicians cry about humans rights in China, but ignore the plight of the Palestinians and Rohingyas?
Are China or Australia "imperialist" countries? What even is imperialism? These are vital questions for Australian socialists to consider. Join our discussion.
- Sam Wainwright (National Co-convenor Socialist Alliance)
Image: The image above when first published was captioned "The Mongolian Octopus—Its Grip on Australia". It appeared in 'The Bulletin', 21 August 1886, and is typical of the virulent racist anti-Chinese attitudes that lead to the formalisation of the White Australia Policy in 1901. The rise in anti-China rhetoric today has brought with it an increase in attacks on Asian Australians.