By Cindy Yik-yi Chu (auth.)
This ebook examines chinese language Communist actions in Hong Kong from the outbreak of the Sino-Japanese battle in 1937 to the handover in 1997. It finds a unusual a part of chinese language Communist historical past, and strains six many years of fantastic united entrance among the chinese language Communists and the Hong Kong tycoons and upper-class company elite.
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Like the Communists, the Nationalists had a long history of activity in the territory. The most obvious form of the Guomindang presence was its newspapers, which received various kinds of patronage and operated under different persons. While the expression “united front” had always been Communist terminology, the publicity work of Guomindang actually represented the same principle, with the objective of rallying support for their own cause. The origins of Guomindang newspapers in Hong Kong date back to the time of the Guangdong warlord Chen Jiongming, who sponsored Zhongguo xinwenbao [China news].
5 This chapter fills in some of the gaps in the understanding of early twentiethcentury Hong Kong history on the one hand, and of the regional dimension of the Chinese Communist movement on the other. 2. ”7 However, toward the end of the Sino-Japanese War, the Communists modified their united front policy, shifting from the original anti-Japanese emphasis to an anti-Guomindang one. Van Slyke points out that the “CCP did so because it had found that [the united front] policy to be valuable. 9 The left wing comprised “the Communist-led masses”: the proletariat, peasants, and urban petty bourgeoisie.
Whereas mainland China was engaged in ideological revolution, the Communists in Hong Kong were practical and flexible. Long before the emergence of the 1997 issue, the 40 CHINESE COMMUNISTS AND HONG KONG CAPITALISTS CCP had experience with and an understanding of Hong Kong affairs. The traditional assumption that the Communists were ignorant about Hong Kong before the 1980s is simply untrue. As this chapter has shown, the CCP was active in the territory during the Sino-Japanese War, and their involvement there requires closer examination.
Chinese Communists and Hong Kong Capitalists: 1937–1997 by Cindy Yik-yi Chu (auth.)