Communists: High Invective

"Filthy Soviet revisionist swine!" cried the Peking People's Daily. In Moscow itself, the Chinese charge d'affaires, An Chih-yuan, called his hosts "paper tigers" and warned ominously: "The day will come when we will make the Soviet revisionists repay their blood debts." Since Mao Tse-tung launched his Cultural Revolution, the scale of invective that has long marked relations between Red China and the Soviet Union has risen to new heights of shrillness. Last week, however, even the versatile Chinese language, which lends itself naturally to invective and exaggeration, seemed hardly equal to the...

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