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The Militant, 25 April 1942

Myra Ward Beech

Character of China’s War

Reader Inquires About the Role of China in the War

From The Militant, Vol. 6 No. 17, 25 April 1942, p. 7.
Transcribed & marked up by Einde O’Callaghan for ETOL.


A Letter to The Militant

As a union progressive I have read your paper for some time now. I admire and support the fight the Minneapolis Trotskyists and teamsters are making for their elementary rights. This is a fight every good union member and sympathizer should support.

There is one political aspect to this war, however, which I do not understand your position on clearly from your paper. I refer to the role of China in the war. Do you or do you not think that China is worthy of support? She seems to be fighting right alongside and for the same purposes as the allies – and we don’t think they’re so hot, do we?

Besides, Chiang-Kai-Shek was sent over to India to ballyhoo the cause of the Allies. And I notice in your March 7 issue the attitude you have towards India – I gather you’d support a struggle there to throw out the British armies and set up an independent Indian republic, as we did here in ’76. Now it seems the Chinese leader is trying to suppress Indian independence, and is more interested in helping the British than in aiding his own people to get an independent China.

Also, what do you say about Ethiopia? That hasn’t been in the news much lately, but it seems a problem something like China. Maybe she has a different system though.

I would like to see an answer to these problems in your paper. With best wishes for your continued success, I remain


Fraternally yours,
Myra Ward Beech
Akron, Ohio

P.S. Good luck to the candidacy of Grace Carlson for mayor of St. Paul. She is a courageous and spirited woman.

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