I know that you can say "on the one hand...on the other hand". But can you also say "on the one side...on the other side"?
Thanks in advance!
His visit is part of a behind-the-scenes battle that is raging worldwide over reforms in China's labor law. On the one side are Wal-Mart, Google, General Electric (GE) and other global corporations that have been aggressively lobbying to limit new rights for Chinese workers. On the other side are pro-worker-rights forces in China, backed by labor, human rights, and political forces in the US and around the world.
It is also OK to write this construction more briefly:
On the one side we have the global corporations, and on the other, the pro-worker-rights forces in China.
(Note how 'side' can be omitted (if you want) in 'on the other' in the briefer version.)