Communist China Today
Communist China Today
The free world today is involved in a life and death struggle with Communist totalitarianism, which now controls one quarter of the earth's surface and has a tight grip over almost two-fifth's of the world's population. In this struggle, people in the free world are often confused by Communist propaganda, which tries to prevent an understanding of the true nature of the Communist menace. In this area misconceptions and lack of understanding may well prove fatal.
It is my conviction that Communism in China is not a unique brand which differs in substance from the Communism of the Soviet Union. Rather it represents an application to the Chinese mainland of the principles of international Communism, under leaders who are wholeheartedly devoted to the advancement of the movement and who closely co-operate with the leaders of the Soviet Union. To understand Communist China, it is necessary to penetrate to the very roots of international Communism and to study its manifestations and operations on the Chinese mainland. This book attempts such a study, aiming at a realistic and comprehensive interpretation of Communism in action in China, as well as of Peking's role in the Moscow- Peking Axis and its impact on the free world.
During the writing of this book there occurred many events of first-rank importance, the repercussions of which tested my thesis. The removal of Kao Kang and Jao Shu-shih from the top leadership of the Chinese Communist Party was officially announced in April, 1955. The section of Chapter III dealing with this episode in the struggle for power within the Party first appeared, in a slightly different version, as an article in Problems of Communism for November-December, 1955. A far more consequential posthumous purge in the history of the world Communist movement took place in February, 1956, at the Twentieth Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, where the far-reaching campaign to downgrade Stalin was initiated. This was reflected in the events of the Eighth Congress of the Communist Party of China in September, 1956, which are discussed in the concluding chapter of this study.
The inexorable march of events set in motion by Khrushchev's revelations . . .