This lecture was delivered by Peter Symonds at the Socialist Equality Party (US) Summer School on July 25, 2019. Symonds is a member of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site and national WSWS editor of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia).
Peter Symonds is a member of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site, and the national editor of the WSWS in Australia.
Symonds joined the Socialist Labour League, the predecessor of the Socialist Equality Party of Australia, in 1984. In 1987, he joined the staff of the SLL’s newspaper, Workers News. Since the launch of the WSWS in 1998, he has played a leading role in its analysis of political and social developments in Asia, Australia and the South Pacific. Symonds has written and lectured extensively on the history of Trotskyism in Asia and the Chinese revolutions of the 20th century.
The collapse of the Kuomintang dictatorship of Chiang Kai-shek and the victory of the Chinese Communist Party posed a number of important questions that required careful examination and consideration.
This lecture was delivered at eight campuses in Australia and New Zealand to meetings organised by the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) between September 26 and October 17.