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Little notice has been taken of the meeting in Moscow of T. V. Soong, Prime Minister of China, and the Russian leaders, yet it may prove to be more important to the world than that of Churchill, Truman and Stalin in Berlin. If a firm understanding is reached in Moscow it will bind 600 millions of people who are without imperialist ambitions and whose foremost need is peace. With such a combination established the warmongers will have a long holiday. The question of Russia's entry into the war in the East will be decided at this meeting, not at the later one. If solid guarantees are given by Soong that the civil war in China, which has raged or smouldered for the last eighteen years, will cease, and if substantial social reforms are guaranteed by the Kuomintang, Russia will probably enter the war and shorten its duration by years. The Russians, to quote Stalin, "will not pull other people's chestnuts put of the fire," particularly British, French, Dutch and American imperialist chestnuts. In the interests of lasting peace and social justice I believe they will throw their sword into the scale, but not otherwise. Possibly some kind of Pacific Charter may emerge from this conference. It would be of prime importance to Australia and New Zealand. OSCAR McBRINE.

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RUSSIA AND CHINA, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 169, 19 July 1945

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RUSSIA AND CHINA Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 169, 19 July 1945

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