When the USSR’s Department of Foreign Trade met with officials from car company Fiat to create AvtoVAZ, the company that made the famed Lada, did that collaboration fundamentally alter the US-Soviet relationship? Did the US-Soviet conflict become simply an “inter-capitalist” rivalry because Ladas were being sold in Europe and competing with capitalist carmarkers?
Of course not. Such an analysis would get you laughed out of the room either in the US or the USSR. But this is the level of analysis we are constantly given by so-called “left” media outlets on the US-China conflict. Take Jacobin, who recently published an article by Ho-Fung Hung that explicitly rejects the fact that there is an ideological dimension to the US-China conflict. For Ho-Fung Hung, this conflict is simply a matter of Chinese companies competing with US companies.
Hopefully I don’t need to develop at length why this kind of analysis is nonsense…
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