By Cindy Yik-yi Chu (auth.)
This ebook examines chinese language Communist actions in Hong Kong from the outbreak of the Sino-Japanese conflict in 1937 to the handover in 1997. It finds a unusual a part of chinese language Communist historical past, and lines six a long time of mind-blowing united entrance among the chinese language Communists and the Hong Kong tycoons and upper-class enterprise elite.
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In practice, the strategy called for forming alliances with supporters of all kinds; winning the hearts of neutrals; and isolating and eventually destroying Chinese enemies. In their own words, the Communists would “make friends with” [ jiao pengyou] all those who did not explicitly oppose them. In Hong Kong, the united front policy referred to an accommodation reached between Socialist principles and capitalist practices. As Zhou pointed out, the Communist position was to help maintain the status quo in Hong Kong, and to acknowledge the patriotic sentiment and friendship of local capitalists.
Six months later, in July, the Guilin Office ended the Guangxi Work Committee and the policy of cultivating local CCP members. The main reason for this action was the failure of the Guangxi Work Committee to collaborate with the Gui Faction. In late 1938 and early 1939, Zhou Enlai and Ye Jianying, who headed the Southern Bureau, went to Guilin several times to conduct united front work with the Gui leaders. 60 The lack of effective leadership handicapped the Guangxi Work Committee. Because the group was secretive by nature, rectification of the problem was difficult.
In December 1941, when Hong Kong fell under Japanese rule, its publication was suspended, as Tao, who was the director of the newspaper, and other Guomindang members returned to Chongqing. 71 Hong Kong has always attracted both foreign sympathy and criticism. Thus, the Communists and Nationalists alike regarded the territory as an important outpost for propaganda work and obtaining material and financial aid. Hong Kong was also a place where the two parties could gather and make use of the expertise of overseas Chinese.