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The renunciation of the "unequal treaties" by the United States and Great Britain in 1942 officially ended China's humiliating semicolonial status and marked her emergence as a potential political equal among the other great powers. The Chinese people fought an exhausting war for national survival for more than eight years. But for a longer period, they have been struggling to free themselves from the fetters of an outmoded and oppressive political and economic system, and to build a sound foundation for national freedom and economic progress. In this struggle between the old and the new China, Chiang Kai-shek occupies a position both unique and contradictory. His feudal and anti-democratic political and economic philosophy is given its fullest expression in the two books, China's Destiny and Chinese Economic Theory, both shrouded in mystery and secrecy as far as the American people are concerned, and is available in English in this book.

Keywords: Chiang Kai-shek; China's Destiny; China's Destiny; Chinese Economic Theory; Chinese political history; semicolonialism; unequal treaties



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