The Communist Terms for Peaceful Co-Existence
Have They Changed?
It is always helpful when people take the trouble to define the words they use in political controversy, and Soviet propaganda has been at pains to explain what we should understand by “peaceful co-existence.” According to a recent exposition in Soviet News it comprises the three principles of mutual respect for territorial integrity, non-aggression, and noninterference in each other’s internal affairs. This is, of course, the formula that has been used in the agreements between China and India and between China and Burma, and it is reminiscent of the bilateral non-aggression pacts which were once so freely offered by Stalin and Hider and were preferred by some threatened nations to a system of collective security. It is not enough, however, for a critic of Soviet policy to point to the disturbing precedents of yesterday or merely to warn against too easy acceptance of the belief that the Muscovite mischief-maker is now at last really a reformed character; the campaign for peaceful co-existence needs to be studied in relation to the specific problems and needs confronting Communist policy-makers in the circumstances of world affairs at the present time.
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