Whore of the East

  • Bertil Lintner


It was already over when the first communist troops marched into Shanghai on a quiet Wednesday morning, 25 May 1949. Chiang Kai-shek and other top leaders of the nationalist Guomindang—who boasted of turning Shanghai into a new Stalingrad and would ‘fight to the end’—had fled on a gunboat to Taiwan weeks before the city finally fell after a long siege by Mao Zedong’s army of peasant revolutionaries. According to Sam Tata, an Indian Parsi and a native of the city who witnessed its fall: ‘At the same time, the vaults of the Bank of China were secretly emptied of their stocks of bullion and the entire gold reserves of the country were spirited after him. The President had pulled off the biggest bank robbery of all time’.2


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