China's Cultural Revolution, 1966-1969: Not a Dinner Party

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in its 15 July 1968 issue admits outright that Soviet revisionism and U.S. imperialism "have often found themselves undergoing many of the same internal and external stresses and strains in the rapidly changing world of the 1960s." What are these "internal and external stresses and strains"? First of all, in this period, under the leadership of our great leader Chairman Mao himself, China has victoriously unfolded the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, which has tremendous influence on the whole world and deals a heavy blow to imperialism, revisionism, and reaction. The radiance of Mao Zedong's thought lights up the road for liberation of the world's revolutionary people. The news of victories from the hills of the Truong Son Range, the war drums on the equator, the red flags fluttering in the Pu Pan Mountains, the roar of the raging tide along the Mississippi River, and the revolutionary storm in West Europe and North America . . . all these converged into an irresistible revolutionary torrent that is rapidly breaching the dam of global Soviet-U.S. counter-revolutionary collaboration. The drastically deepening political and economic crises in imperialist countries headed by the United States have become an incurable disease. Modern revisionism with the Soviet revisionist clique as its center, which is daily disintegrating, is in a shaky state. Such an excellent revolutionary situation naturally means "stresses and strains" for U.S. imperialism and the Soviet revisionist clique. It is in these days that they have to depend on each other to bolster up their tottering bourgeois dictatorships and use decadent "Western culture" as a talisman in a vain effort to prevent the surging tide of the world revolution and save themselves from being drowned in it.

A Great Storm

People's Daily Editorial

Source: This official translation of the People's Daily editorial of 27 May 1968 appeared in Chinese News Bulletin, No. 5, issued by the Embassy of the People's Republic of China to Sweden on 30 May 1968.

A quotation from Chairman Mao:

The proletariat and working people of Europe, North America, and Oceania are experiencing a new awakening.


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