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November 25, 1958

MAO ZEDONG, 'THE WESTERN WORLD WILL INEVITABLY SPLIT UP'

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    Mao comments that the West is moving toward its final disintegration.
    "Mao Zedong, 'The Western World Will Inevitably Split Up'," November 25, 1958, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China and the Party Literature Research Center, eds., Mao Zedong on Diplomacy (Beijing: Foreign Languages Press, 1998), 280. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/117026
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THE WESTERN WORLD WILL INEVITABLY SPLIT UP*

(November 25, 1958)

Huan Xiang's argument is right. Splitting up is the right word to describe the Western world. It is now in the process of gradual splitting, not finally split yet. It is moving in that direction and the final splitting up is unavoidable. The process may be rather long, not a matter of overnight. The so-called unity of the West is empty talk. There is unity; Dulles is striving for it. But he demands "unity" under the control of the United States and under the atom bomb; he demands his partners, big and small, get closer to the United States, pay tribute and kowtow. This is the so-called unity of the United States. This situation will inevitably lead to the opposite of unity, split. Comrades, we shall see who is to prevail in today's world after all.

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*These are Mao Zedong's remarks on the report to the Foreign Ministry on the splitting of the Western world sent by Huan Xiang, Chinese charge d'affaires to the United Kingdom.