China passes the US on Global Business Ranking for the first time 

New data on global corporations reflects China’s rise as an imperialist Great Power By Michael Pröbsting, International Secretary of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), 23 July 2019, http://www.thecommunists.net The U.S. business magazine Fortune is an influential organ of the top tier of the capitalist class. It is famous for its lists of global rankings of companies by revenue. These have been published annually since 1955. This ranking, known as the Fortune Global 500, is a useful indicator of the relation of forces between the largest capitalist corporations in the world (another well-known list is the Forbes 2000). We have pointed out in past statements that the most significant recent trend in these lists has been the decline of the U.S. and the converse growth of China. We have consequently noted that this increasing share of Chinese corporations among the global elite reflects China’s rise as an imperialist Great Power. The Fortune Global 500 of this year has historic significance insofar as it shows that China has now reached parity with the long-time hegemon – the U.S. Fortune magazine is fully aware of the implications and titled its article – “It’s China’s World”. “As the Chinese Century nears its third decade, Fortune’s Global 500 shows how profoundly the world’s balance of power is shifting. American companies account for 121 of the world’s largest corporations by revenue. Chinese companies account for 129 (including 10 Taiwanese companies). For the first time since the debut of the Global 500 in 1990, and arguably for the first time since World War II, a nation other than the U.S. is at the top of the ranks of global big business.” [1] The report continues: “It’s true that Chinese companies’ revenues account for only 25.6% of the Global 500 total, well behind America’s 28.8%. But that’s to be expected. China is the rising power, economically smaller but growing much faster.” The report also reveals that both the Chinese and US companies on the list are mainly concentrated in five industries – energy and mining, commercial trade, banking, insurance, and aerospace/defense. This report is another powerful confirmation of the RCIT’s analysis that China had become a capitalist state by the early 1990s and, more recently, entered the ranks of imperialist Great Powers. [2] According to this report, China’s share among the most powerful 500 corporations has risen to 23.8% (25.8% if we include Taiwan) while the share of the U.S. has declined to 24.2%. We have shown that behind the curtain of “socialist” rhetoric in official Chinese media lies the reality of capitalist exploitation and capitalist property relations. China’s banks and industry – both private and state-owned – operate according to the capitalist law of value and play an increasing role in the super-exploitation of the countries of the South (e.g. China’s Belt and Road Initiative project). [3] The current relation of forces between the imperialist powers The Fortune Global 500 list also reflects the current relation of forces between the monopolies and the imperialist powers behind them. (See the Table in the Appendix.) As we noted, China and the U.S. are the undisputed leaders with, respectively, 129 versus 121 corporations. The next nation is Japan with 52 corporations (which represents a global share of 10.4%), followed by France (6.2%), Germany (5.8%) and the UK (3.4%). This clearly expresses the decline of European imperialism as the combined number of French, German and British corporations is still far behind the number of each of the two leaders. [4] Another highly interesting result of this compilation is the fact that South Korea continues a sustained trend of placing among the Top 10. Again, it is ranked as No. 7 with only one corporation less than Britain (3.2%). This buttresses the thesis of the RCIT and our South Korean comrades that South Korea is not longer a semi-colonial country but has transitioned into an imperialist state. [5] The China question Such coverage about China’s burgeoning capitalist corporations constitute a rude slap in the face for the numerous Stalinist and Castro-Chavista fans of China who have praised the Middle Kingdom for many years as a “socialist” and “anti-imperialist” power. [6] In fact, as the RCIT has explained numerous times, China is an imperialist Great Power with a strong monopoly capitalist class that is now challenging the long-time U.S. hegemon. The ruling party is “communist” in name but capitalist and imperialist in practice. Unsurprisingly, the “communist” state media of China has cheered with enthusiasm over the news that their capitalist corporations are overtaking their American rivals. [7] The latest Fortune Global 500 report also demonstrates how mistaken those socialists are who recognize the capitalist character of China but claim that is not an imperialist power but something qualitative weaker (e.g. semi-colonial or sub-imperialist) than the U.S., Western Eur

Source: China passes the US on Global Business Ranking for the first time – International Revolution

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