Communist Schisms

Archive Report

Clash Between Russian and Chinese Reds

Red Chinese Challenge of Soviet Leadership

Soviet Russia and Red China are locked in a bitter ideological quarrel that threatens to split the Communist world as the Reformation split Christianity. Since the Bolshevik revolution in the autumn of 1917, Moscow has been the Rome of communism. Now Peking is asserting its claim to be the capital of the Communist sphere, maintaining that the Kremlin has strayed dangerously far from the teachings of Marx and Lenin. Polemics fill the party press and the air waves.

For almost a decade, the Sino-Soviet conflict was carefully hidden from public view, presumably to maintain the pretense of Communist solidarity. Red China would assail Yugoslavia instead of the Soviet Union, and the Soviet Union would castigate ...

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