The Chinese Conquer China

The Chinese Conquer China

The Chinese Conquer China

The Chinese Conquer China

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One of history's great confessions has been published by the State Department: The United States' Relations with China, commonly called the White Paper. Reading it together with my galleys, I envy the superb reporting available to diplomats. All the necessary knowledge about China was in their hands years ago.

They knew in 1943-44 that the Chinese Communists were "the most dynamic force in China," that "they exist because the people permit, support, and whole-heartedly fight with them," that "this is based upon . . . an economic, political and social revolution . . . moderate and democratic," which "improved the conditions of the peasants." They knew that "the common people, for the first time, have something to fight for," and that "the people will continue to fight any government that . . . deprives them of these newly won gains." They knew that "there is little if any evidence of material assistance from Moscow," despite "close and conscious affinity in aims. . . ."

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