On Christmas Day 1947, Mao Tse-tung, China's taciturn Communist boss, addressed a 10,000-word message to the party which was a windy but valuable present to the world. When the full text of the message recently reached the U.S., it proved to be a clear answer to the old propaganda line that Chinese Communists are different.
Mao gave some helpful and revealing hints on Communist strategy (which, he claimed, was winning China's civil war):
"First strike scattered, isolated enemies, later powerful ones. Concentrate absolutely superior forces. . . . We are inferior, taken as a...