Coldest War : Russian Game in China
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- Hardback | 113 pages
- 137.16 x 205.74 x 20.32mm | 317.51g
- 05 Sep 1974
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P
- New York, United Kingdom
New York Times foreign affairs columnist Sulzberger has occupied a front-row seat in the inter-national arena for a long time. He is as professional an observer as one could expect on what is going on. between the U.S.S.R. and the People's Republic of China today - taking into consideration his admission that China is a land "whose language I do not speak, whose books or newspapers I cannot read, whose immense history I cannot pretend to know, and where I have no well-informed Chinese friends given to frank confidences." Sulzberger reminds us of the long-term friction and enmity between the two powers, Stalin's initial support of Chiang Kai-shek, Khrushchev's de-Stalinization program with its implicit criticism of Mao's totalitarianism. Referring both to ancient history and to his own observations, Sulzberger also attempts to describe the cultural soil which necessarily nourishes a fundamentally different communism in China, but here he falls short. The hostility between the two Communist giants which the U.S. - blinkered by Dulles policy, commitment to Chiang and Asian wars - was slow to notice, is the cause, Sulzberger says, of both Moscow's and Peking's new warmth towards America; and he credits President Nixon and Henry Kissinger with astuteness for responding positively. Sulzberger believes that Russia's "game" in China is infiltration, so that when Mae and Chou die, a pro-Soviet regime will be ready to take over; Mao's countermeasures range from posters to purges. In scope and style, this is really an extended newspaper column rather than a book, with small repetitions, inconsistencies and subjectivity unedited. (Kirkus Reviews)