China's Position in this Struggle
Publication:
The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 25 Jan 1945, p. 243-255


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China's Position in this Struggle


China trading space for time since September 18, 1931 when the Japanese attacked Mukden. Today, not much space left and time presses on. A humourous illustration of the Chinese conception of time and of progress in a story told by the late Dr. William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury. Something in the make-up of the Chinese mind which refuses to be overwhelmed by the presence of brute force, and to judge contemporary events in the light of a longer historical perspective. The position of the Chinese Army as a fighting force in the current struggle. The speaker's witnessing of Chinese soldiers fighting. The two active fronts in the China theatre today. The enemy's campaign. Loss of territory over the last nine months. Chinese successes. The need for the Chinese army to now hold every inch of territory "like a bulldog." Reasons for China's military setbacks. Military conditions and supplies for the Chinese, and the Japanese. Communism as another source of disunity arising in China. The Communist party in China, and its army. Conflicts between the National Government and the Communist armies. Negotiations between the National Government and the Communist party. The hope for unity and democracy. The political situation in China. Dr. Sun Yat-sen's outline of the progressive introduction of self-government in three stages. China's economic ills. China's position in Asia similar to that of France in Europe. The speaker's belief that China will become a democracy.