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middleway Post time: 2015-3-14 18:42
Very interesting sfphoto, yes everyones responses have been most eye opening, i'm still undecided ho ...
Sun Yat Sen had a premonition that his new Republic would be sabotaged when he made the following statement:
To the Friends of China in the United States of America:
We understand too well that there are certain men of power – not to include for the present certain nations – who would view with a greater or lesser satisfaction an internal rupture in the new republic. They would welcome as a move toward the accomplishment of their own ends and designs a civil war between the provinces of the north and the south; just as, fifty years ago, there was applause in secret (in certain quarters) over the terrible civil strife in the United States.Sun Yat Sen (1912)
Americans of today who were alive in those dark days of the great republic will remember the feelings in the hearts of the people – the bitter and painful thoughts that arose from the knowledge that foreigners were hoping and praying for the destruction of the American Union.
Had the war been successful from the South's standpoint, and had two separate republics been established, is it not likely that perhaps half a dozen or more weak nations would have eventually been established? I believe that such would have been the result; and I further believe that with the one great nation divided politically and commercially outsiders would have stepped in sooner or later and made of America their own. I do not believe that I am stating this too forcibly. If so I have not read history nor studied men and nations intelligently.
And I feel that we have just such enemies abroad as the American republic had; and that at certain capitals the most welcome announcement that could be made would be that of a rebellion in China against the constituted authorities [against the new Republic].
This is a hard statement to make; but I believe in speaking the truth so that all the world may know and recognize it.
Even though Sun Yat Sen was a Christian Social Democrat who believed in the American ideals of freedom and democracy, the Western Powers at the time had malevolent designs on the new Republic of China for the threat it posed to their mercantile interests especially in regards to the highly lucrative Opium trade. That's why Sun turned to the Soviet Union for political and financial support before he died in 1925. His successor, Chiang Kai-shek, distrusting the Communists, then purged the KMT of Communists before launching his Northern Expedition to defeat the warlords and unite the country under his leadership.
After the failed experiment in multi-party democracy, China moved to the right with Chiang Kai-shek turning into a fascist dictator. At the about the same time, another party from the left came into being: the Communists under Mao Zedong.
When the moderate center could no longer hold, then extremist politics took over.