--- Im offiziell weiter kommunistischen China entwickelt sich in boomenden Industriestädten wie Guangdong im Süden eine neue Linke. Die Konflikte zwischen der Arbeiterklasse und den Neu-Industriellen werden dort heftiger, schreibt die New York Times: Like England's 19th century industrial center, 21st century Guangdong, China's southern commercial hub, is the world's factory. And like Manchester, Guangdong is also creating a stark divide between labor and capital, a split that once became the ideological basis for revolutions around the world, including China's own. Tens of millions of industrial workers are struggling toward basic rights, to earn enough to send their children to school, for laws that would allow them to bargain collectively. And they are losing. "If Marx could see Guangdong today he would die of anger," says Dai Jianzhong, a labor relations expert at the Beijing Academy of Social Science. "From that perspective, China is speeding in reverse." ... The average wage of $50 to $70 a month also buys less today than it did in the early 1990's, meaning workers are losing ground even as China enjoys one of the longest and most robust expansions in modern history. This is partly a paradox of globalization. China has attracted more foreign investment by far than any other developing country, nearly $500 billion since it began internationalizing its economy. But it continues to draw capital essentially because it is willing to rent workers for falling returns.
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