Mao’s Third Civil War? Further Speculations on the Struggle in China

Mao’s Third Civil War? Further Speculations on the Struggle in China

February 10, 1967

It is necessary to date one’s commentaries on China; the events are overtaking us, and only by sheer luck did our articles in the two preceding issues remain topical until they were in the hands of our readers. Meanwhile, in the last few weeks, many more reports have come in, some more confusing, but others capable of sharpening our perceptions. I think we were correct in de-emphasizing the foreign policy aspect of the conflict in China, and also in insisting that the People’s Liberation Army neither initiated the present upheaval nor could be its main instrument without being turned inside out. Most professional China watchers now have taken similar views and have also confirmed the three aspects which we singled out as strategic in the present conflict:

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