PAGE TWO BLYTHEVILLE (ARK,) COURIER NEWS MONDAY, DECEMBER 14, 19W ; Inside the Bamboo Curtain Red China Uses Truce for Intense Effort to Strengthen Military Might EDITOR'S NOTE: From the HOUR Kong listening post conies this exclusive series of dispatches, telling how things are poing behind the Bamboo Curtain. NEA's Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent, Fred Sparks, spent, a month in Hone Kong-, 1 talking to people fresh from the land of Mao. This is the first of three articles. By FRED SPARKS N'EA Staff CorrcspiyndPiU HONG KONG — (NBA) — Since the Korean truce, Red China has been making a hi toric drive to become a mo ern, mighty military power. is the most intense peacetime build-up since Herr Hitler formed his pre-war Wehr- macht. Just as the Russian army profited from errors made when it stubbed its toes on Finland's Man- norheim Line, so China is profit- in? from her errors (mainly primitive equipment) in Korea. The solemn signing at Panmun- jom of the document to stop (ha pilling was greeted in America with tears and prayers. It was greeted in Red China with cheers and victory marches. For the first time since Genghis Khan, Asiatics had halted white Iroops. and Peiping now refers to America as a "paper User." After the tnice America relaxed and welcomed home her sick imprisoned sons with humble thanks- But Red China was spurred to greater efforts and stilll spits ambitious flames. The build-up is accompanied by nn incredible campaign against the U.S. Propaganda, dripping on the brain like the old Chinese water torture, makes its point in the hermetically sealed Oriental police state. Recently, a giant celebration PRIMITIVE EQUIPMENT, such as uniforms biggest "error" in Korea. Since [he truce, the correct that error. worn by these ill-clad soldiers, was Red China's Chinese Communists huve been busily driving to was' held in Shanghai to preet a ''.victorious" regiment from Korea, A striiUinj? commissar, schooled in the Krein 1 in's collegR of Communist knowledRe, shoutrd: "You have now defeated I lie United Slates in Korea. Continue to harden yourself—in thn futvire you will be called on to- liberals fill Asia niul eventually the United States itself." • • * FanlasUr? Not for those who have seen Chinese power grow and Chinese ego expand. They now consider themselves one of the "Big Five" A .wise European military attache, an Oriental .student for 25 years, fingered a thick folder of reports from inside Red China and told me: "Nothing is impossible for these tpeminjf millions concentrating on one thing under iron Communist rule. "If there Is nnolhrr war, I'm positive we'll see Chinese troops in the Middle East and Europe. Remember, some of the best Russian infantry in World War II were Mongols from the USSR's Oriental 'republics.' "It was Hitler's dream tn link up with the Japanese across the Middle East. Look at your map and you'll .see how much easier thnt would be for Russia and ChiMii." Actually, diplomats permitted to circulate around China say that Asiatic desires will not necessar- ily Involve Pelping's platoons in formal assaults. They believe that Russia and China at recent conferences "sliced" the world like an apple. • * • Ru.islan-»ponsored Communist parties are charged with taking over capitalistic countries of the "West. Chinese-sponsored Communist parties are charged with taking over the former colonies of the Orient, with bullets, if need be, besides ballots—the kind they are now shooting in Malaya and Indo-China. Surely, despite all the bleatings. the July 27th mice was a relief to Peiping. For months before it was impossible to purchase in China a sheet of tin, a bag of nails, a spare part for a car. a yard of wire or even a simple hammer- Although Russian mechanical r ontributions wore vnst, fed over the snaking Trans-Siberian Railroad, the continuous destruction of bases and transport by our air force and navy forced Red China to .vveey clonn its limited civilian simply closets. In the last few weeks, from Canton to Harbin, such items are again available. A careful study of translated Red Chinese newspapers shows! America — blamed for everything j but recent, cloudbursts—the sole • recipient of verbal tomatoes. Eng- I land, which has diplomatic doings! with Peiping, is never mentioned. take one day's newspaper wash; The old pot roast about showering; germs is re-warmed; American Gls are said to be using baseball bats to .strike out any Chinese POW who wants tn hp. repatriates; we're sending saboteurs into East Germany to blow up loyal citizens, concentrating on children and grandmothers; and U. S. foreign correspondents are labeled "jackals." an uply beast. Let no American be mistaken: TOUGH TROOPS of Red China, like this glowering soldier, are feeding on Communist propaganda that U. S. is a "paper tiger." The Korean truce is merely a breathing spell for Chinese communism. We are Target for Tomorrow as the 400.0CO.OOO Chinese, really regimented for the first time in their ancient history, drill to a , Bolshevik boogie beat beamed from Moscow. 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