World: Shades of Genghis Khan

The new Mongol warriors have bombs in their quivers. But if they attack the alarm bells will ring. And there will be plenty of fighters to defeat them.

—Yevgeni Yevtushenko

Ever since the collapse of the Sino-Soviet alliance 18 years ago, a specter has haunted the U.S.S.R.: China's military might. While Poet Yevtushenko depicts Chinese soldiers as descendants of Genghis Khan's Mongol horde, which held Russia in thrall for three centuries, the Soviet press, radio and television more commonly compare the People's Liberation Army to Hitler's invading Wehrmacht in World War II. A film frequently screened on Soviet television showed Chinese officers shouting...

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