CHINA: Warlords Demoted

Though many small-fry deviationists have crumpled before Mao Tse-tung's firing squads. Red China's masters in 30 years of party organization have yet to undergo a true Russian-style purge. Yet there were mighty stresses and strains in seizing and subduing a vast and unwieldy country of 600 million hungry people. Peking's first solution of the problem was to divide China into six administrative regions, all but one of them in the charge of a first-line army general. The six leaders were, in effect, local warlords bound together by Communist discipline.

The first hint that all was not going well between Mao...

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