A Chinese Alternative? Interpreting the Chinese New Left Politically

Carter, Lance
Date Written:  2010-06-06
Publisher:  Insurgent Notes
Year Published:  2010
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX11947

In China, the terms 'left' and 'right' or 'radical' and 'conservative' produce somewhat different associations in the popular mind than what we are used to in the West. While in most capitalist countries 'left' and 'right' are understood largely in economic terms, in China these concepts tend to be deeply entangled within a framework defined by the state, the Communist Party, and nationalism. As a result, Chinese political debates have tended to presume a rigid dichotomy between 'left-wing' state socialism and 'right-wing' capitalist liberal democracy.

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