China: The New Leap

Almost at once China put its border clash with Russia to use in a new domestic propaganda campaign. The aim is "to convert the workers' indignation at the Soviet revisionist armed provocation into revolutionary energy," as the official New China News Agency put it. According to the agency, miners promised to "produce more top-quality coal, so as to burn the Soviet revisionists, a paper tiger, into ashes." Workers at the Anshan Iron and Steel Company were reported so angry at the Russians that they opened a new furnace ahead of schedule.

Peking's exhortations were designed to rally fervor for China's...

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