Letter to Sun Yat-sen, 25.06.1923

Proletarians of all countries, unite!
There is one goal, the conquest of power!

LETTER TO SUN YAT-SEN

Chairman Mao Tse-tung
Chen Tu-hsiu
Li Ta-chao
Tsai Ho-sen
Tan Ping-shan
25.06.1923

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LETTER TO SUN YAT-SEN

Excerpts from a letter written by leaders of the Communist Party of China to Kuomintang leader Sun Yat-sen, criticizing his policies of alliance with certain Chinese warlords.

[…] set up, in Shanghai or Kwangchow, a strong and powerful executive committee, with the mission of combining our efforts to promote the activity of Party militants, and develop propaganda on a broad scale. […] We cannot simply follow along imitating the orientation of the feudal warlords, who use armed force to seize political power and occupy spheres of influence. To do this will give people the impression that we and the warlords belong to the same family. To use the old methods and the old armies to build a new China is not only illogical, but is absolutely impossible to carry out in practice. The old armies have ten times as many soldiers as we do. We can only use new devices, adopt a new orientation and create a new force. In our dealings with the citizens, we must unite with the merchants, the students, the peasants and the workers, and moreover draw them to rally around the flag of our Party. The new army, built from among the people, will use new methods and a new spirit of friendship to defend the Republic.

[…] The crimes of the southern warlords are in no way less than those of the northern warlords. […] We request you, sir, to leave Kwangchow, to proceed to the center of public opinion, Shanghai, and when you get there to call together a national assembly (such as the one you discuss in „The Three-Power Constitution“, but not limited simply to mass demonstrations). In this way, a centralized army that solves the problems of the whole country can be built, a centralized national-revolutionary army can be built. If we act in this way, we will not lose our leading position in the national-revolutionary movement.

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25.06.1923
MAO TSE-TUNG
CHEN TU-HSIU
LI TA-CHAO
TSAI HO-SEN
TAN PING-SHAN