Dragon and Sickle: How Communist Revolution Happened in China

Dragon and Sickle: How Communist Revolution Happened in China

Dragon and Sickle: How Communist Revolution Happened in China

Dragon and Sickle: How Communist Revolution Happened in China

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The greatest prize for Communism in our time is to overrun Western Europe; and for a few years at the end of the war it seemed to have a prospect of doing so. The opportunity passed away, at least for the present. But instead of Western Europe. Communism took control of China, with its 600 million people and its strategic position as a springboard from which to move further forward in Asia.

This has given Communism a position of great strength and one from which it hopes to lay siege to the rest of the world, instead of, as in the past, being besieged by the world.

Together, Russia and China have enormous resources, Being contiguous and guarding each other's rear, they form, as long as they do not quarrel, an almost invulnerable Communist heartland. Nor, up to the present have they fallen out, at least to the extent of revealing their dissensions, except by uncertain inference, to an outside world looking eagerly for them. The quarrels may come; Russia may be nervous of China's stupendous population; it may wonder whether China will always tolerate its possession of Asian territory. But a break has not occurred yet.

The Communist seizure of power in China, which is thus of so much moment to the rest of the world, was not the result of subtle Russian strategy. Though it has been of so much benefit to Russia, Russia did not plan it. at least in the final and successful phases. Indeed, Russia . . .

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