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Jacobin Radio w/ Suzi Weissman: US-China Green Rivalry and a Myanmar Report

April 29, 2021

Suzi talks to eco-socialist writer-activist Richard Smith about a different sort of rivalry between the US and China: which leading polluter can be greener? President Biden has announced a very ambitious Green infrastructure package, and China is promising to reach carbon neutrality by 2060. At the same time, China has posted an 18.3% growth rate for the first quarter this year. What does this tell us? Richard Smith, author of China's Engine of Environmental Collapse looks at the environmental costs of China’s rapid growth, as well as its green claims. We’ll get his understanding of this seeming paradox. Suzi then talks to Carlos Sardiña Galache -- who reports on Burma -- about the full scale civil conflict underway in Myanmar, which has steadily escalated since the Feb 1 military coup. The military junta is waging a brutal war against the massive protest and strike movement, in a rampage of blind brutality designed to terrorize the entire nation into total submission. It isn’t working: the military has not managed to take full control; the enormous civil disobedience movement has paralyzed the economy through strikes in key sectors, and the growing conflict threatens economic collapse.