In 2015, the Chinese government launched the “Made in China 2025” initiative, combining heavy investments in education as well as research and development to gain a “a leadership position in the key technologies and industries of the future, from artificial intelligence to biotech and robotics.” (Forbes, Aug. 10)
The Chinese working class has endured decades of suffering at the hands of the imperialist exploiters. But they have won a four-fold increase in their wages and an annual economic growth rate of 10 percent for their country. By some measures, including that of the World Bank, China has already surpassed the U.S. as the world’s largest economy.
In a socialist world, where the wealth that the world’s workers produce can be equally shared, this would not be a problem at all. But in a world still dominated by imperialism, headed by the U.S. ruling class and currently led by the fanatical Trump and his ultra-rightist clique, China represents a deadly threat to their imperialist hegemony. And that, as Lenin pointed out a hundred years ago, is the root of imperialist war.
To be continued.