The World Socialism Research Center of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) released the 2013-2014 Yellow Book of World Socialism on March the 4th. This new study claims that in the 21st century world socialism is moving towards rejuvenation.
Data from the yellow book indicates that at present there are over 130 Communist Parties worldwide with a total of about 100 million members, out of which about 93 million have been found in the socialist countries, including 85 million in China, 4 million in North Korea, 3 million in Vietnam, 1 million in Cuba and over 100 thousand in Laos, while in capitalist countries there are over 120 Communist Parties with a total of about 8 million members.
China is the largest out of the world’s five socialist countries, which include China, Vietnam, Laos, North Korea and Cuba. According to the yellow book, China has been growing fastest in the last 20 years and has become the world’s second largest economy, while the four smaller countries have all consolidated and developed socialism through reform and innovation.
The study claims that socialism is growing vigorously in such developing countries and regions as India, Latin America and South Africa in the south and Russia in the north.
The yellow book also maintains that socialism is now being promoted in the developed countries. The mass and labour movements emerging again in European countries as well as a new wave of interest for Marx have brought about opportunities for the Communist Parties in these countries. At the same time, major breakthroughs for socialism in the developed countries will depend on prominent socialist theorists and practitioners.
Chinese link: http://www.chinanews.com/gn/2014/03-04/5909627.shtml
Translated by Yu Hui
Revised by Gabriele Corsetti