[Biweekly Symposium] No. 597: How did the Kuomintang of China Lose the Mainland.
Lecturer: ZHANG Ming
Host: QIN Sidao
Commentators: WANG Haiguang, XIONG Wenzhao, HONG Zhenkuai, HAN Chaohua
Professor ZHANG Ming started with a brief review of the history. He mentioned several reasons that were widely circulated to explain the question, such as:
The CCP gave rural residents land, whereas the Kuomintang did not solve the land issue;
The CCP was better at organization with more unity;
Chiang Kai-shek was incapable of leadership;
The CCP had too many intelligence agents and the intelligence they collected played a crucial role;
It was the will of the people.
However, Professor ZHANG Ming offered his interpretation. He thought there were three key factors that could explain the failure of the Kuomintang.
a command economy that featured strong Leninist factors;
A modern war that was devastating the country in terms of resources and capital;
The failure of reforming the money.
He then deliberated on this topic with the audience.
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