Cover: Peking's Revolutionary Strategy in the Developing World : The Failures of Success.

Peking's Revolutionary Strategy in the Developing World : The Failures of Success.

Published 1969

by Thomas W. Robinson

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An examination of China's revolutionary strategy toward countries of the developing world. Internally, China is fighting a contradictory nationalist policy, has little money for exporting revolution, and since 1963, has conducted foreign policy in the shadow of the Sino-Soviet conflict. Externally, that split has reached the international communist movement, stalling its revolutionary progress. Contemporary Chinese political philosophy is imprisoned in reverence for the past, especially for Mao's thought; it ignores important variances in present conditions from pre-1949 days, and it alienates otherwise friendly revolutionaries. Further, it preaches similarity between military and political policy, substituting one for the other. The Mao-Lin revolutionary strategy has been only moderately successful in the outside world; the Chinese are only modestly involved in movements outside China and these with little success. The strategy is not attractive enough to be more successful in the future. 42 pp.

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