Chinese Labor Academic Visits US, Seeks to build China-US labor Ties

Trevor Loudon EPOCH TIMES

The current U.S. tour by leading Chinese labor academic Liu Cheng, Professor of Law and Politics at Shanghai Normal University, signals increased contacts between Chinese and American organized labor.

It also indicates a greater alignment between the American and Chinese Communist parties, and the return of the Chinese Communist Party to a more traditional interpretation of classical Marxism, and an emphasis exporting more revolution and fewer consumer goods.

According to the Communist Party USA publication, People’s World, Liu is “meeting with top labor activists, government officials, and academics, promoting what he describes as a much-needed labor exchange effort to familiarize union workers from China and the U.S. with each other and with their shared challenges”.

Liu’s August 5 to September 1 tour began in California, visiting the Labor Center at the University of California, Berkeley. From there, Liu visited the U.S.-China People’s Friendship Association, the Communist Party USA’s Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library in Oakland and the UCLA Labor Center in Los Angeles. From August 12-18, Liu held meetings in Washington, D.C. with officials from the Department of Labor, the U.S. State Department, the AFL-CIO, and America’s largest private sector union,SEIU.

Professor Liu is Director of the Center for the Study of Chinese Labor Issues and President of the Asian Society of Labor Law. He served as an adviser to the Chinese Communist government during the drafting of the 2008 Labor Contract Law, which was adopted by the National People’s Congress in 2007 and went into effect the following year.

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