China and the Left: a socialist forum (18 September 2021)

Our friends at Qiao Collective are organising a one-day forum with an all-star lineup of speakers on Saturday 18 September 2021 (10am-8pm US Eastern, 3pm-1am Britain, 7am-5pm US Pacific).

The event, co-sponsored by Monthly Review, The People’s Forum and Codepink, will take place in person at the People’s Forum (320 W 37th St, New York, NY 10018) and online on Youtube:

You can find more details and RSVP over at the People’s Forum.


In partnership with The People’s Forum, Qiao Collective is thrilled to host a one-day international convening of organizers, scholars, and journalists whose work grapples with questions of Chinese socialism, Western imperialism, Global South internationalism, and the renewed Cold War consensus taking hold in the West. Speakers and events will analyze current trends in U.S.-China relations, Chinese development, and international relations through a socialist, anti-imperialist lens. The conference will provide a space for those invested in challenging rise in the U.S.-led imperialist aggression on China to meet, strategize, and discuss. The convening is co-sponsored by Monthly Review and Codepink. 

The conference will be a one-day hybrid in-person and livestreamed conference. Speakers and attendees will be able to attend either in-person or watch online via livestream on The People’s Forum Youtube channel. There will be panels throughout the day as well as a screen-printing political art activity and an evening social mixer.

The past few years, we have seen an alarming escalation of U.S.-led aggression on China—including the expansion of U.S. military presence in Asia and the Pacific, information warfare and media propaganda, political persecution of overseas Chinese people, and economic and trade aggression against China. At the same time, many self-avowed leftist organizations and thinkers have abandoned an anti-imperialist analysis of China in favor of equivocating narratives about Chinese ‘authoritarianism’ and ‘hegemony’.

As such, we believe it is crucial to provide a forum for people invested in Global South solidarity and anti-imperialism from across the globe to meet, strategize, and present an alternative analysis of China. We hope for this conference to provide a forum for those invested in Chinese socialism and internationalism. In this spirit, this convening provides a space for developing critical analysis of renewed Cold War aggression on China, as well as its ramifications for Chinese socialist development and international struggles against militarism, neocolonialism, and hybrid war across the Global South.


  • Radhika Desai – University of Manitoba
  • Vijay Prashad – Tricontinental Institute
  • Manu Karuka – Barnard University
  • Christine Hong – University of California Santa Cruz
  • Max Ajl – Wageningen University
  • Bikrum Gill – Virginia Tech
  • Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
  • Chris Matlhako – South Africa Communist Party
  • Robert G. Lee – Brown University
  • Sit Tsui – Southwest University, Chongqing, China
  • Yan Hairong and Barry Sautman – Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Tings Chak – Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research
  • Zhun Xu – John Jay College
  • Madison Tang – Codepink
  • Elias Khalil Jabbour – Rio de Janeiro State University
  • Sheila Xiao – Pivot to Peace
  • Qiao Collective

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