AMERICA AND CHINA by Hsin-hai Chang


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It is not necessarily a criticism of ""A New Approach to Asia,"" as this is subtitled, to remark that it raises--and confuses--a good many more questions than it could possibly hope to resolve in the book. Mr. Chang, a U.S. resident of Chinese origin, argues convincingly of the necessity for understanding and cooperation between the two nations; and, since his intended audience is not there but here, his heavy emphasis of U.S. intransigence is logical if not politic. Two of his most original theses are: that Communism is only ""a moment"" in Chinese history which, even if it remains there as long as Buddhism has, ""cannot produce more than a mere dent on the personality and character of her people""; and, much more sensational, that U.S.-Chinese opposition ""perhaps evolved according to plans conceived and executed by the masterminds of the Kremlin."" Whether or not one can bring oneself to agree with reasoning dependent on these ideas, and also despite a tendency of the author to dismiss out of hand such ""minor"" issues as the Future of the bulk of Formosans who feel no identity with either Nationalist or Red China, this volume is well worth reading. All information and constructive opinion has value in formulating any workable ""new approach.

Pub Date: Jan. 28th, 1965
Publisher: Simon & Schuster