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1 The spokesman for the Communist Party of China replied to the reporter as follows: W h a t W u Kuo-chen said about being "on the defensive" is a complete lie. The Kuomintang, besides occupying the five Liberated Areas evacuated by our troops in eastern Chekiang, southern Kiangsu, central and southern Anhwei and Hunan and trampling on the people there, has moved more than seventy divisions of its regular troops into or close to most of the other Liberated Areas for example, those in Kwangtung, Hupeh, Honan, northern Kiangsu, northern Anhwei, Shantung and Hopei - and has been oppressing the people there and attacking or preparing to attack our troops.
They are dissatisfied with the Kuomintang government and place their hopes on us. I also met many foreigners, including Americans, who sympathize with us. The broad masses of the people in foreign countries are dissatisfied with the reactionary forces in China and sympathize with the Chinese people's forces. They also disapprove of Chiang Kai-shek's policies. W e have many friends in all parts of the country and of the world; w e are not isolated. Those who oppose civil war in China and stand for peace and democracy include not only the people in our Liberated Areas but also the masses in the Great Rear Area and throughout the world.
24 of this volume. 3 The "League for Banning Civil W a r " was formed in Shanghai in August 1932 with a mainly bourgeois membership. It issued a declaration calling for "ending the civil w a r and uniting to resist foreign aggression". 4 In 1936 the Kuomintang's Northeastern A r m y headed by Chang Hsueh-liang and the Kuomintang's Northwestern A r m y headed by Yang Hu-cheng were stationed in and around Sian; they were charged with the task of attacking the Chinese Red A r m y which had arrived in northern Shensi.