"All War is based on deception" --- Sunzi, The Art of War.
Does the fact that the CCP utilised deceptive practices in its struggles against the KMT fundamentally discredit it? I don't think so.
One key element that Ahxiang completely ignores is the ideological differences between the CCP and the KMT. The CCP isn't perfect by any means, but it fought for the majority of the Chinese people, which mostly consisted of poor peasants in those days, while the KMT only fought for the rich and powerful elites. This alone would provide the justification for CCP's possession of the Mandate of Heaven, to use a classical Chinese political concept, since in the Shujing (Book of Ancient History) it is stated:
"Heaven sees through the eyes of the people. Heaven hears through the ears of the people."
All-under-heaven belongs to no-one but to all people in all-under-heaven. Therefore the political force that fights for the masses of people deserves to hold power.
Since this is a Chinese History Forum, I shall use classical Chinese philosophical concepts liberally.
The fact of the matter remains that the People's Republic of China possesses the Mandate of Heaven, and is the sole legitimate ruling political force of all China.
Nobody rebutted the "cunningness" of the CCP or that preached by Sun-zi.
What you got wrong here was the claim that the CCP got the power through the support of the people whereas the truth was that the CCP ascended to the power because of the "Double Jeopardy" that doomed China and the ROC, i.e., i) the arms embargo by the US [and the world] against the ROC, and ii) Russians' unlimited supply of arms and weapons [and Russians' 400 million USD aid] to the CCP.
On chinahistoryforum, you better present facts to make your points.
FYI, you may want to start by reading the materials linked below and then we could have meaningful discussions. Google each and every name at the end of the passage and know what they did to China and how they destroyed China by formulating the United States' China policies.http://www.archive.o...10unit_djvu.txt
SCOPE OF SOVIET ACTIVITY EST THE UNITED STATES 329
Miss Russell (reading) :
If American policy in China continues along present lines, we shall be helping to
lay the basis for a "bloody civil war that will undermine much of what we have
sacrificed for and won in the past 3^2 years.
Americans have learned in the most painful way possible that a small mci-
dent" in China 8 years ago affected every man, woman, and child throughout
the world. This time we must use our energies to prevent the recurrence of
other "incidents" that can lead only to the destruction of the peace we must
have in China and everywhere.
Today our Government spokesmen and military leaders in Chma are adopting
a policy that would not be approved by millions of Americans. They are lending
political and military assistance to the Kuomintang dictatorship which has re-
sisted democratic reform in China and has given an order to Japanese and quis-
ling troops to hold their weapons, and if necessary use them rather than sur-
render to the patriotic Eighth Route and New Fourth Annies that have assumed
the greatest burden of Allied fighting in north and central China. This policy on
the part of our American representatives in China serves to wipe out the efforts
of the Chinese people for a democratic and unified country. When General Stil-
well was in China our help was also one-sided, but we were at least trying to get
sympathetic contact with all forces fighting the Japanese in China. Now we are
meddling, not to accelerate but to hold back the democratic working out of the
Chinese situation. We may well find ourselves committed to a new Franco in
an Asiatic Spain. .
In order to bring the urgent message for action before the American people,
the Committee for a Democratic Policy Toward China is now being formed. As
its first step, this committee proposes to send an appeal to President Truman
urging that policy in China be rectified. You are asked to add your name to the
appeal and to get clubs, organizations, and individuals to write immediately
to President Truman or take any other appropriate action.
To keep you acquainted with developments in China, the Committee for a
Democratic Policy Toward China will issue regular news bulletins, the first of
which is enclosed. , .^
We know that you will agree that this new committee must spread its work
throughout the country to acquaint the public with the dangers that lie ahead
and arouse people to act quickly. In order to do the job well, we need your
help— first, add your name to the appeal on the flap of the enclosed envelope, and
second, send us your contribution. Without funds we cannot carry out the neces-
sary work, so send whatever you can immediately.
And this is signed by Leland Stowe and Richard Watts, Jr.
The sponsors of the committee :
Dr. Phyllis Ackerman, T. A. Bisson, Israel Epstein, Frederick V. Field, Talitha
Gerlach, *Rev. Jack McMichael, Artliur Upliam Pope, Ilona Ralf Sues, Lawrence
E Salisburv, Michael Sayers, Vincent Sheehan, Mrs. Edgar Snow, Maxwell S.
Stewart, Leland Stowe, Rose Terlin, Richard Watts, Jr., Dr. Max Yergan.
Edited by ahxiang, 26 April 2009 - 12:26 AM.