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In Problems 22, I said: And doing it with a false understanding of the intricate political processes that had occurred there. It would have needed boldness and a willingness to suffer in order to force those countries to accept China as an equal, particularly since almost all of them viewed Chinese as an inferior race.
It was not impossible: But no one before Mao actually managed it. The rest of the article explains this in detail. I will now give my reasons for believing that the Chinese Communists were the only functional alternative. The Middle Ground Had Sun Yat-sen lived longer, he might have modernised China a couple of decades sooner, and on a more Western and less collectivist basis than actually happened.
His death from cancer in left the leadership uncertain.
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But Chiang Kai-shek got control of most of the armies, and then organised a massacre of the Chinese Communist: Chiang claimed that the Communists were trying to take over, of course.
Oddly, a lot of Western books about China both criticise this and also implicitly or explicitly endorse the claim by Chiang and later by the Left Kuomintang government that the Communists were trying to take over.
They fail to notice that both of these things cannot be true. Most commentators blame Comintern advice for the tremendous setback to Chinese Communism that happened in I suspect that without the alliance with the Kuomintang, Chinese Communism would have remained marginal, as happened in Japan and many other Asian countries.
Like other ventures by mainstream Leninism, the intervention in China was crude and imperfect but it worked. Most of the left-wing critics come from political movements that have strikingly failed to come up with anything that worked.
Stalin gets blamed, of course. Chiang lost his nerve when faced with the prospect of actually confronting global imperialism.
That was the difference between him and Mustafa Kemal Ataturk: Ataturk always did what he saw as his duty, regardless of the consequences. Chiang did show considerable courage in battle, playing his chosen role of Hero of the Nation.
I very much doubt he could have done what an obscure Lieutenant-Colonel called Mustafa Kemal did in when he faced the forces of the British Empire advancing at Gallipoli and said: I am ordering you to die.
In the time that it takes us to die, other forces and commanders can come and take our place.
As it happened, they faced an Australian force that later became formidable, but at that time was inexperienced and confused. Ataturk began as a military man. Chiang had trained for the military, but then spent many years as a shady Nationalist politician with strong links to the Shanghai underworld.
This must have rotted his character. Sun Yatsen also had connections with the twilight world of semi-criminal and semi-revolutionary secret societies, of course.
But he remained a professional revolutionary who looked for support wherever he could find it. Chiang definitely crossed the line, as I detailed in Problems No successful politics has ever emerged from gangsterism.
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