Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol 7, No. 4 June 7, 1944
China in the news. In the article last issue our special correspondent gave a brief precis of the situation in China, and the part the Chinese students have played in the struggle against Japanese aggression. This brief report will bring the situation up to date.
All is not well in China. News from the front tells of Kuomintung troops in retreat, and the Government has stated that the troops "garrisoning territory adjacent to Communist-controlled areas have been drawn into the fight against the Japanese.
Attacks have appeared in the overseas press on the Chinese Communists. Let me say this. The Chinese Communists within the "special area" are holding up half the Japanese fighting forces. In the rear of the Japanese, Communists are leading the people's organisation—civil, guerilla and partisan. The Kuomintung attacks Communist policy and personnel. Guerilla units and people sympathetic to the Communists outside the special area are subjected to relentless persecution.
Mr. Henry Wallace is going to visit China. Is he going to visit the "special areas"? Is it possible for the U.S., British, and other allied governments to exchange diplomatic representatives with the Chinese Communists as well as with the Kuomintung? Can we get war equipment and medical supplies to this gallant, suffering army? On the answer to these questions may depend the future of the Pacific peoples and their fight with Japan.