CHINA: Watershed of Fate

The men who guide the Kuomintang listened to the words of their leader. The harsh voice of the Generalissimo was unusually clipped, metallic. Chiang Kai-shek told the 150 solemn faces before him that the days of one-party administration in China were nearly over. It was time, he said, to take the third of Sun Yat-sen's three steps: from the era of political tutelage (under the Kuomintang) to the era of constitutional democracy. Then all political parties should have equal rights and the Kuomintang should no longer enjoy special privileges before the law.

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