China Looks Forward

China Looks Forward

China Looks Forward

China Looks Forward

Excerpt

I have had the privilege of reading Dr.Sun Fo China Looks. Forward in manuscript and it may not seem inappropriate for me to dwell on certain points which may help the Western public in a better appreciation of its significance.

First of all, the value of the book lies in the fact that the wide range of ideas, social, economic, and political, discussed in it is a fair measure of what the thinking and politically conscious Chinese are discussing, debating and dreaming of today. The book consists largely of material from the lectures and addresses by Dr. Sun given before different Chinese societies and institutions in the past three or four years. The canvass of this book is the canvass of ideas in that wartime China which, while actively engaged in the war of resistance, is still more energetically asking, "What of the future?" both for China and the world in general. Perhaps it is a unique characteristic of the war in China that, in the people's minds, the war of resistance and postwar national reconstruction imperceptibly merge into one; the hope of victory is part and parcel of the dream of a regenerated, modernized and industrialized China.

What the Beveridge Plan is to wartime England and what social security programs are to the United States, the yet unfulfilled San-Min-Chu-I and Dr.Sun Yat-sen Principles of National Reconstruction are to this present-day fighting China. It is a surprising feature of this war in China, for instance, that through these war years, roads, railways, dikes and irrigation systems have been extended, the oil fields of Yumen have been developed, public interest has been concentrated on the economic development of Sinkiang and . . .

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