Nation: Political Perversity

A Soviet insider's view of the coming war with China

The scenario is chilling. China's ethnic minorities, which occupy some 60% of the nation's territory, want to break away from Peking. The inhabitants of Inner Mongolia yearn to unite with the Mongolian People's Republic and the Turkic peoples of Sinkiang with their cousins in Soviet Central Asia. "An exchange of blows," as the author puts it, "may start at any moment." When that happens, hundreds of thousands of "volunteers" on the Soviet side of the Chinese frontier will "come to the aid of...

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