I found last month's article on China interesting and Charlie Hore is right to point out that what happened in 1949 was not a socialist revolution (Feature, Socialist Review, October 2009).
However, I'm not sure I agree with him when he says that there was no working class alternative in China at this time.
In the city of Chongqing during the period October 1945 to the end of 1946, there were at least 426 labour disputes involving around 100,000 workers.
At the Dadukou steel mill workers were demanding the right to unionise. They took a militant stance by first forcing the power station to shut off power and then threatening to use hand grenades if the station was surrounded by guards.